South Buffalo Marijuana Plant Gets City Green Light | Local company

Brad Termini plans to locate a 47-acre cannabis facility in South Buffalo.

Cannabis campus developers remain very promising for South Buffalo project

It’s been more than two years since San Diego-based Zephyr proposed to build a campus for recreational and medicinal marijuana growing at Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, just east of Highway 5.

According to its request to the Buffalo Planning Board, Zephyr intends to focus first on 10.84 acres of land at 310 Ship Canal Parkway – of which only 5.33 acres can be used – and 4.92 acres at 15 Laborers. ‘Way. These sites lie north of the Union Ship Canal, with protected wetlands just to the north.

On Ship Canal, the company plans to invest $ 13.5 million to develop 143,080 square feet of cannabis cultivation facilities, as well as spaces for processing, quality control, extraction, research. , shipping and receiving. This includes a 136,080 square foot two story prefabricated metal industrial building and a smaller one story 7,000 square foot building for a separate tenant.

On Laborers Way, Zephyr is reportedly spending $ 15 million to build a similar pair of two-story, 68,000-square-foot manufacturing buildings, as well as a one-story, 6,765-square-foot office building just around the corner from Ship Canal. and Laborers.

About 65% of the facilities will house the grow operation, while the operation is expected to begin by March 2022 and would take about eight months.

Zephyr is working with Benjamin Siegel’s BMS design studio and C&S companies on the project, which received site plan approval and a coastal consistency determination from the planning board on Monday. The project “fully complies” with the Green Code, with no zoning exemptions required. But the request noted the presence of four endangered species in the region, including the peregrine falcon and the black tern.

Margie D. Carlisle