Dispensary Not Coming To Former Leona's After Hadden Asks Pot Shop To Look Elsewhere In Rogers Park – Block Club Chicago

ROGERS PARK — Plans to move a Rogers Park dispensary into a former Leona’s restaurant have been scrapped after Ald. Maria Hadden said the pot shop would be better suited elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Chicago-based Verano Holdings has agreed to end its lease-hold on the former Leona’s restaurant, 6935 N. Sheridan Road, the site where it hoped to relocate its Rogers Park dispensary, said Hadden (49th).

Hadden said the cannabis company agreed to look elsewhere for a location after a community meeting where some neighbors balked at the idea of a dispensary on Sheridan Road — and after other opportunities for the Leona’s space presented themself.

“While the 49th Ward supported the zoning change overall, the immediate neighbors were not as supportive,” Hadden wrote in her newsletter. “Many felt this was not the best location for a dispensary to be located.”

Credit: Courtesy Verano HoldingsA rendering of the proposed dispensary in the former Leona’s restaurant space in Rogers Park.

After buying Green Gate Dispensary, 7305 N. Rogers Ave., Verano sought a larger and more prominent “flagship” location for the business in Rogers Park, company officials said at the community meeting.

The company sought a zoning change and special-use permit to open in

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