ST. JOSEPH — The sale of a former industrial site for use as a medical marijuana growing facility will go forward, pending final approval from Benton Harbor officials, the Berrien County Land Bank Authority decided Thursday.
“Big things are happening” with the proposal for the foreclosed and abandoned property at 900 Alreco Road, said Katie Montoya, the county’s assistant director for community development. “We haven’t quite gotten all that we requested.”
That includes a change in Benton Harbor’s zoning that would allow such an operation, and a letter from Benton Harbor’s mayor and/or City Commission indicating they support the sale. The Benton Harbor Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the zoning changes for a medical marijuana facility.
One provision would prohibit such sites within 1,000 feet of a school. The Alreco site is off of Paw Paw Road in the city’s northern section, with few homes in the immediate area. The zoning recommendations will be reviewed by the City Commission, which meets May 7.