SAGINAW, MI — Developers hoping to operate a marijuana dispensary in the former Hamilton Home Bakery were denied a waiver necessary to dodge a zoning hurdle.
The Saginaw City Council at its Monday, Jan. 23, meeting failed to approve a waiver needed to allow Premier Provisioning ownership to develop a marijuana retail shop inside the old bakery at 1030 Gratiot.
The waiver would have been the first step in providing an exemption from a Saginaw zoning ordinance that forbids marijuana retail shops from standing 250 feet or closer to public parks, officials said. The old bakery sits 208 feet away from Fordney Park.
A majority vote from the council was necessary for the waiver. The council vote was 4-4.
If the council had approved the measure, the dispensary’s ownership also would have needed permission from the Saginaw Zoning Board of Appeals before beginning the development, officials said.
Monique Lamar-Silvia and Councilmen Michael Balls, George Copeland and Michael Flores were the council members who voted against the waiver Monday.
Mayor Brenda Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Annie Boensch and council members Priscilla Garcia and Bill Ostash voted in favor of the measure.
Councilman Reggie Williams II — a potential tie-breaking vote — was absent from the meeting.