17 marijuana businesses proposed as Springfield begins 2nd round of applications

SPRINGFIELD — In expanding its solicitation of new marijuana businesses, the city has scheduled presentations from 17 potential applicants next week.

The presentations will be March 15 and 18, beginning at 6 p.m. both dates. They will be conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those interested in watching the presentations live can do so by registering at focusspringfield.com/marijuana-hearing.

The presentations may also be viewed on city’s Office of Communications Facebook page. They will be recorded and aired on Focus Springfield’s TV channel as well.

The city, in its second round of marijuana business applications, will authorize up to four adult-use retail shops and at least one cultivation business. Formal proposals are due by March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

Next week’s public presentations are strictly voluntary, and not a requirement for submitting a proposal, said Theo Theocles, the city’s deputy procurement director. The 17 companies that chose to participate were not required to reveal their proposed locations, and many did not submit those and other details, officials said.

Each potential applicant is limited to a 15-minute presentation. The presentations are directed to a city review committee and the public.

The companies must also separately advertise and conduct community meetings prior to any city or state approval, under state law.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the city’s review team, including its legal consultant, Julie Steiner, is committed to conducting a “fair and transparent evaluation process for applications.”

“This second round of applications will continue my administration’s goal of trying to maximizing the city’s revenue potential and just as important create new jobs while balancing the concerns of our residents, neighborhoods and public safety,” Sarno said.

The city will conduct an internal review and announce the names of applicants qualifying for the right to negotiate host community agreements with the city on April 12.

Companies scheduled to make presentations on March 15 are:

  • Hoop City Ventures, 357 Cottage St., the former Lime Light Pub; manager-owner Richard Rainone
  • Page Cultivate LLC, 299 Page Blvd (lot 2); manager David A. Goodman
  • Lemonnade Springfield, 595 Main St.; corporate records not found
  • The House of Cannabis LLC, site not disclosed; managers Foster Jacobs, Longmeadow, and Alphonzia Jacobs Jr., Springfield
  • KUR Retailers, 461 Boston Road, once the site of Russell’s Restaurant; managers Ezra Parzybok, Florence, and Ellen S. Boynton, of Windsor, Connecticut, and Bay State Canna Holdings of East Longmeadow; president Sabino Cara
  • Seashore Enterprise LLC, site not disclosed; managers Chun Wa Tam and Jordon Raftis of Avon
  • Boston Bud Factory, site not disclosed; manager Carlo Sarno, Longmeadow, director Frank Dailey, Springfield
  • Primus LLC, 666 State St.; manager-owner Lamont Clemons of Springfield
  • David Del Tatto, third party transporter; no information on corporation or site

Companies scheduled to make presentations on March 18 are:

  • Green Gold Group, site not disclosed; registered agent James McMahon of North Brookfield, president and director Rafael Aronov of Northfield, directors Jacob and Zhana Aronov of Brookfield
  • Green Leaf Dispensary LLC, 1168 Boston Road, the site of Palate Restaurant; manager Hasmukhkumar Patel
  • Verdant Reparative Inc., site not disclosed; registered agent/president Tito Jackson of Dorchester
  • Apical Inc., 785 Page Blvd., a former car repair shop; registered agent/president Kot Kasom of Easthampton, directors Tiffanie Kim, Leak of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Leakhena Som of Southampton, Lar Teng of Amherst and Monica Keo of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Origins Investment Inc., site not disclosed; Edgardo Curet of Boston
  • Diem Springfield LLC, 1685 Boston Road, the former Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall; manager Christopher Mitchem of Portland, Oregon
  • 732 Cottage Street LLC, corporate records not found
  • RelaxMD LLC, site not disclosed;, signatory Richard Laguerre.

In the first round of applications in 2019, Sarno and the City Council approved four retail marijuana shops out of 27 applicants.

Liberty Springfield opened the city’s first recreational marijuana shop in November at 1300 Boston Road. The three other shops, all in the process of opening, are: Insa Inc. at the former Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave.; 311 Page Blvd. LLC at that address in East Springfield; and 6 Brick’s LLC, a first-floor tenant of The Republican property at 1860 Main St.

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