Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Englewood despite neighborhood … – FOX31 Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In Denver’s hot housing market, the brick home in the 5000 block of South Irving Street might’ve sold instantly. In fact, it almost did and for all cash, until the buyer found out what would be her backyard neighbor.
“Because of the medical marijuana shop that`s going up there. She (home buyer) doesn`t want to live next to it, nobody does,” complained Consuelo Rodriquez.
The mother of two put her house on the market in December, two days after Englewood’s Medical Marijuana Authority voted 3-2 to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to replace Liberty Tax and Marina’s Miscelanea 2 (a Hispanic convenience store) on West Federal Boulevard near South Belleview Ave.
“I think it`s going to hurt the neighborhood property values, I think it`s going to raise the crime. I think it`s going to put my kinds in danger,” insisted Rodriguez.
She says the shop is too close to her son’s school bus stop and many of her neighbors agree. “It’s just not appropriate for a neighborhood that has children,” said neighbor Peggy Bogaard-Lapp.
Abdul Ayran owns the Stone Creek Café and feels the medical marijuana shop won’t be a good neighbor for his restaurant. “All the customers I have, they are a family, they bring their kids in here … one thing they don`t like to bring their kids next to is the marijuana store,” said Ayran.
Seventy-five residents showed up at Englewood City Hall to protest the business application, but a volunteer board known as the Liquor and Medical Marijuana Authority still voted 3-2 to grant the license.
“It didn`t meet the requirement that our council set up for listening to the community,” complained city councilman Rick Gillit. It’s the city council who appoints members of the Marijuana Medical Authority.
Gillit said the volunteer board ignored a city ordinance passed just months earlier that allows the denial of a license if, “The licensed premises will impair the use or development of adjacent conforming properties or alter the essential character of the neighborhood.”
Councilman Gillit complained the board, “Kind of lectured the residents that they needed to be educated about marijuana. They didn`t need to be educated about marijuana, the board needed to listen to the community regarding what they wanted in their neighborhood.”
None of the Authority members who voted yes would speak … – Click Here To Visit Article Source