Springettsbury could get its second medical marijuana dispensary

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
The former Embers Restaurant building at 100 Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Developers plan to bring a new medical marijuana dispensary to Springettsbury Township, which would be the second of its kind in the area.

Springettsbury Township's Planning Commission recommended approval in November of plans for Live Parallel, which aims to take over the former Embers Restaurant, located at 100 Memory Lane.

The projected $1 million in indoor renovations to the space will require a conditional use permit in the town center overlay, according to township engineer John Luciani.

Live Parallel, one of the largest privately held multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, currently operates 40 locations across Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas. 

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The company recently won a Pennsylvania license in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to operate as a medical marijuana dispensary, according to planning commission meeting minutes.

An employee at a medical marijuana dispensary trims leaves off marijuana plants in a grow house in New Jersey. Photo by Julio Cortez

While the township's zoning ordinance allows for medical clinics — which is what the proposed Live Parallel's facility falls under — it still is required to go through the conditional use process to successfully receive a permit, Luciani said.

Since the former facility was categorized under a different use, any future changes will require a conditional use hearing.

Planning Commission Chair Tim Staub identified three conditions for approval of the plans, including landscaping in front of the building, decorative lighting and benches along the sidewalk, according to meeting minutes.

Luciani said the developers need to make the facility "pedestrian friendly" in order for it to meet requirements made by the town center overlay.

"There's going to be a significant development into upgrading the appearance of the structure," he added.

The town center overlay, Luciani said, was an initiative created by Springettsbury Township's Board of Supervisors in an effort to make its commercial zones accessible for walking. 

Live Parallel representatives are scheduled to present the proposal and seek conditional use approval at the 6 p.m. Thursday supervisors meeting, which will be held via Zoom.

Interested individuals can join by visiting www.springettsbury.com/.

This wouldn't be the township's first medical marijuana facility. Organic Remedies, located at Haines Road and Mount Rose Avenue, opened in 2019.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.