Since its opening in the South End in 2014, Cathedral Station, a gay-oriented sports bar and pub, has provided a space for the LGBTQ community residents to gather, socialize and share important information.
Now, the beloved and welcoming establishment on Washington Street has become the center of debate as it’s set to close and a proposed retail recreational cannabis dispensary looks to open space there.
The request is catching hot smoke by neighborhood residents who say the dispensary should be located elsewhere. The proposed site is located across the street from Peter’s Park and in close proximity to Cathedral High School and homeless shelters Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place.
“It’s not helpful for young, single parents trying to raise their kids,” said Ken Smith, a member of the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association, “and ‘Oh yeah, there’s our local pot shop right there on Washington Street across the street from the park where we take you, kids, to play.’”
Dorchester resident Nike John, the majority interest holder behind the proposal, looks to continue the success she’s seen at her Heritage Club cannabis establishment in Charlestown by opening the South End hot spot.
John became Boston’s first Black female cannabis dispensary owner