Cannabis store wants to open on Woodward in Royal Oak – Daily Tribune
A Royal Oak resident is looking to open a marijuana business on Woodward Avenue, just south of 14 Mile and is due to appear before the planning commissioners next week.
Michael Kessler is a contractor and owner of American Modern LLC, a general construction company. He is also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver.
Kessler is applying to open a micro marijuana business at 32767 Woodward Ave, according to city documents.
The location is inside an office block near the corner of Samoset Road.
Marijuana micro-businesses are, by definition, small operations that include cultivation, processing, and retail operations in one location.
Kessler’s business, called Best Lyfe, is looking to open up in the building in a space covering just over 4,000 square feet.
City Manager Paul Brake said Royal Oak’s ordinance governing cannabis facilities allows up to two micro marijuana businesses, only one of which must be located in general business areas.
“About 2,800 square feet would be used for growing and processing, and just over 700 square feet would be for retail,” Best Lyfe’s proposed facility holds back, “so it’s quite small. “
Brake’s office oversees all commercial marijuana applications to the city and makes recommendations on which ones should be reviewed by the Planning Commission and the City Commission.
“Ultimately, it’s up to the city commission to make the final decision,” Brake said.
With the approval of the municipal commissioners, a proposed marijuana business can then obtain a municipal license to operate.
Kessler is seeking a special land use permit and site plan approval from the planning commissioners at their Tuesday 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.
Planning commissioners will vote to approve or reject the cannabis business proposal before the city commission makes a decision.
As a micro company, Best Lyfe limits itself to having no more than 150 mature marijuana plants on its site.
In a letter to the Planning Commission, Best Lyfe said it wanted to leave a lasting impression on the community by improving the environment and the economy.
“Best Lyfe will be a leader within the Royal Oak community for its involvement in charitable events, voluntary community development projects and its contribution to raising awareness of non-profit organizations,” according to the letter.
Kessler has donated time and materials for several parks and other community areas across Detroit, the letter says.
Brake said marijuana facility applications favor local people who have experience running a business in Royal Oak.
“You must have a local business presence operating in Royal Oak for the past two years,” Brake said. “But it’s not a guarantee of getting a (commercial marijuana) license.”
Kessler will be the third of four cannabis business plaintiffs recommended at this point to move forward before the planning and city commissions.
One of the first plaintiffs, Gatsby Cannabis Co., caused controversy with a plan to open a marijuana processing, cultivation and retail facility in an industrial area at 5130 Meijer Dr.
Oakland Schools works on programs with 28 school districts and has four technical schools in the region. One is at 5055 Delemere Ave., less than 100 feet from the proposed Gatsby Cannabis Co. location. oppose the plan.
Planning Commissioners voted 3-2 against Gatsby Cannabis, but City Commissioners could overturn that decision.
Last month, the Planning Commission approved a site plan and application for a special land use permit from a Royal Treatment marijuana retail establishment that seeks to open in a vacant building at 408-424 E. Harrison in the south of the city. Some area residents objected to Royal Treatment’s plans.