(WNY News Now) – The City of Jamestown’s Planning Commission convened on September 19, 2023, to discuss the proposed project by Jamestown Canna Company LLC, which received approval from the NYS DEC and aims to contribute to the local economy.
Jamestown – In the absence of Chairman John LaMancuso, the regular meeting of the Planning Commission for the City of Jamestown, New York took place on September 19, 2023. During the meeting, John Volpe from Jamestown Canna Company LLC presented their site plan for a project that has garnered approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). The company also conducted an archaeological study that showed no adverse effects on the site.
Volpe highlighted that they acquired three additional parcels on the corner of Pratt and Allen Streets and conducted a parcel swap with Master Grind, resulting in a flat driveway off Pratt Street. He emphasized the presence of adequate utilities, including electric supply, sewer, fiber optics, and fire alarm wiring, all to be installed underground. The dry retention pond, approved by NYS DEC, will manage water runoff.
The building’s façade was designed with future expansion in mind. The commission inquired about Phase 2, and Volpe confirmed the plan to expand from Allen Street toward Pratt. Regarding licensing, Volpe shared that the company has been preparing for two years, with the application period set to open on October 4, 2023. They intend to apply for a Tier 2 indoor cultivation license, a processing license, and a distribution license, allowing them to process, distribute, and sell their products to dispensaries.
When asked about job creation, Volpe estimated approximately 35 jobs initially, with potential for more. The company is collaborating with JCC on a processing program, benefiting from the college’s proximity. Overall, the project received support from the city and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
The Planning Commission approved the site plan unanimously.