During the council meeting on Jan 11, an application was approved for a retail space to be built on the Second Line near the airport.
The applicant John Carroll has asked to add a building on the property of New North Greenhouses with the purpose of being a retail shop.
“We’re trying to build a destination out there as with retail for just mostly for the garden centre. It’s we want to bring in find clothing, house decor, things like that” said Carroll to the council.
The accompanying report to council on the application says, “The sale of cannabis, food, home décor, and gift shop items will occupy approximately 200 square meters.” the retail space is planned to be 500 square meters in size.
The cannabis suggestion had councillor Scott questioning the location as the airport is a prominent place for people to enter our city.
Because one of the first things you’re going to see when you fly into Sault Ste. Marie, then, in a similar manner to one of the first things you used to see when you drove into Sault Ste. Marie would be something that not necessarily everybody agrees with,” said Scott, “even though it is legal.”
He was drawing a line to a property purchase at 89 Hudson Street last year. The mayor used a similar argument to purchase a property because of its zoning as a potential strip club in the future.
“It was an opportunity that came to city council to buy a piece of property and remove the zoning on that piece of property. So for the next 50 years, when you drive over a bridge, the first thing that you see is not a strip bar,” said Provenzano during that meeting.
The city approved Mr. Carroll’s application for the building on the property. There are provincial laws and regulations that need to be followed before a cannabis shop could ever materialize at the location.