Hartford grow operation remains on hold

Don Campbell / HP staff The Hartford City Hall is pictured Nov. 17, 2017.

HARTFORD — The application for a medical marijuana growing facility at the Hartford Speedway is still lacking requirements for completion. 

City Manager Yemi Akinwale said in his monthly report on Monday that K.O.K. Inc. still hasn’t submitted a legally binding lease agreement with the owner of the property, and that the background information for some of the financial backers of the project has not been completed.

“Therefore, the application is considered to be deficient and thus cannot be forwarded for further review and approval by the city’s legal counsel and the commission,” Akinwale said. 

K.O.K Inc. applied to the city in June. In early September, city planners recommended it for commissioner approval. 

Commissioners tabled approving the application at their September meeting because the application had not met all the requirements yet. 

The grow operation would sit on about 5 acres of empty property already zoned for light industrial use, at the Hartford Speedway. 

The portion of the property that the grow operation would sit on had to be split from the rest of the property to allow for compliance with the 1,000 feet from a school requirement. K.O.K Inc. did submit a revised site plan that shows the split, Akinwale reported. 

In June, the City Commission approved an application from Med+Leaf for a medical marijuana dispensary at 309 W. Main St. 

Alex Von Koenig, with Med+Leaf, said Monday that progress on their state licensing has been slow, but good. 

“We are in Phase 3 of the Stage 1 state application. Phase 3 is the last Phase of the Stage 1 so we expect to the be on the upcoming agenda for Stage 1 approval,” he said.

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