Babayan said he and his partners have been looking at possible sites in Berkshire County for the past six months and they plan to purchase the Howland Avenue property that was formerly Berkshire Outdoors and, prior to that, Powder Shield Technologies.
The 36,000 square-foot building needs work and Babayan said the plan is to completely renovate it.
“That building needs a lot of love … we know what is coming and we know what we need to do,” he said. “We are going to start that immediately.”
The company expects to close on the purchase of the property from Howland Avenue Storage LLC shortly and then will winterize it and begin work on the interior of the facility. Babayan said LC Square is currently in the state application process and hopes to be open in 2019.
Mission Massachusetts has already been approved by the town to operate a medical marijuana dispensary on Howland Avenue, in one the Ronnie’s Cycle Shop buildings; it is currently renting the space while awaiting state approval. A second operation, Berkshire Boys, approached the Board of Selectmen but is now looking at building on Fales Road in Cheshire.
Babayan briefly outlined some of the items in a proposed host community agreement and said the plan is to voluntarily give the town $5,000 toward drug education.
The company also plans to hire local contractors and would like the five to 10 employees it plans to hire to be local as well.
LC Square’s security consultant Stephen Chaisson of AC3 LLC also addressed the board and said he was involved in setting up security in some of the first cultivation facilities in the state.
He said the Howland Avenue facility will go beyond state security mandates.
“Quite honestly this may be one of the most secure facilities in your town,” he said.