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Miguel Fernandez, NorthJersey.com
RARITAN BOROUGH – Somerset County may be getting its first medical marijuana dispensary.
Middle Valley Partners will be appearing before the borough Planning Board on April 27 with a proposal to open a dispensary on Route 202.
The 2,476-square-foot dispensary is proposed to share the building at 405 Route 202 with Uneeda Appliance.
The dispensary is planned for the western portion of the 8,751-square-foot building.
Uneeda, the longtime independent appliance store, would occupy 6,275 square feet of the building. Uneeda used to be located on West Main Street in Somerville.
Middle Valley Partners received approval from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission in December to open the dispensary.
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Middle Valley Partners received 273.33 points out of a possible 300 points in the commission’s ranking of applications.
It was the highest score of the 198 applicants statewide for licenses. Only 30 licenses were granted.
The plan requires a variance for the number of parking spaces the borough’s zoning ordinance requires for the .57-acre property.
The ordinance calls for 40 parking spaces, but the plan calls for 23.
Variances are also required for the size of signs and the existing impervious coverage.
The property assessed at $1.2 million is owned by Wykat Realty.
Sarah Trent, the founder and CEO of Middle Valley Partners, has worked for years with borough officials to locate the dispensary in Raritan Borough. An attorney, Trent has been one of the leading advocates for the medical marijuana industry in New Jersey.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.