Colorado Town Considers Plan for Marijuana Superstore
EAGLE - In late December, a Denver-based group proposed a $5 million marijuana mega store for the small town of Eagle, Colorado. Last week, the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the proposal for Rocky Mountain Pure Retail Marijuana, a 6,000-square-foot retail operation supported by a 22,500-square-foot indoor cultivation center. In a split vote, the commission recommended the approval of the weed wonderland, with certain conditions. The final decision will be made by the Eagle Town Board. A public hearing is set for February 11.
Applicant Ethan Borg of Colorado Cannabis Co., said,"It is our intent to work in cooperation with the town of Eagle to develop Rocky Mountain Pure, the nation's premier retail marijuana destination. Rocky Mountain Pure will be a destination that Coloradoans and visitors alike will come to know as the location to not only purchase the best available products, but to learn about the wonders of cannabis and the last 90 years of prohibition, to enjoy the facilities and to even gather together for a cup of coffee in our world-class botanical gardens."
But planning committee members were reportedly less concerned with the wonders of cannabis and more concerned with the size and scope of the project:
“There was a lot of discussion about the size of the proposal. Some members felt it is terribly large,” said Eagle Town Planner Tom Boni. “This whole project is something quite different for the Western Slope and the some of the commission members felt it is not in keeping with the character of the town.”
The plans for Rocky Mountain Pure Retail Marijuana include the following:
6,000-square-foot retail store.
22,500-square-foot indoor cultivation facility.
45,000-square-foot green house operation (for export product).
3,600-square-foot extraction laboratory.
12,000 square feet of “other commercial space.”
3,750-square-foot “prohibition museum.”
Borg defends the size of the project suggesting that “an economic stimulus will be experienced in the town within a year. From
the construction needs of a $5 million facility to the potential of generating
more than $500,000 in tax revenues annually (year 5), Rocky Mountain Pure will
simultaneously diversify and help to balance the economic base," he said.
According to the town's website, Eagle has a population of 6,500.
It's elevation is 6,600 feet above sea level. But could get higher.