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South Hemlock cannabis dispensary application ‘dead’ in Cannon Beach

Developer decides to withdraw plan for high-end pot shop
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 13, 2017 8:38AM

Last changed on December 13, 2017 9:22AM

Plans for a retail marijuana dispensary on South Hemlock have been withdrawn.

R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian

Plans for a retail marijuana dispensary on South Hemlock have been withdrawn.

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CANNON BEACH — One of three cannabis dispensaries planned for Cannon Beach has dropped out.

Daryl Bell, who had planed to open a marijuana shop at 3115 S. Hemlock St., decided recommendations from the Design Review Board were too extensive to pursue.

“The application for 3115 S. Hemlock was denied by the Design Review Board at their Oct. 19 meeting,” City Planner Mark Barnes said Tuesday. “I’ve had no further communication with the applicant, so I assume the project is dead.”

Nancy Benson, operations manager of PPC Holdings, confirmed Bell’s withdrawal.

In Design Review Board hearings earlier this year, Bell had requested approval for major modification to an existing commercial building for the purpose of opening a high-end retail cannabis dispensary.

In August, Bell provided plans for exterior building and landscaping upgrades, but the board asked for a more detailed plan for the property, owned by Limnes Investments LLC.

Bell was granted a continuance and asked to return in October with revised plans. When he failed to appear or submit revisions, his application was rejected.

Bell owns and operates dispensaries in Lincoln, Coos and Tillamook counties.

In 2016, he attempted to open a retail marijuana shop in a condominium complex near Pier 39 in Astoria. The store did not open, however, after the Astoria City Council decided the Planning Commission had not properly considered the residential nature of the site.

Two separate applications for retail cannabis dispensaries remain active in Cannon Beach, Oregrown at 215 S. Hemlock and Five Zero Trees at 140 S. Hemlock.


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