Crystal Lake is one step closer to getting a marijuana dispensary after the City Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday evening for one in the former Culver’s.
Petitioners want to put the dispensary, AmeriCanna Dream, on the 1.6-acre property at 501 Pingree Road. The Culver’s at that location closed but moved a short distance away a few years ago.
About $1 million in investments are planned for the property since it has been vacant for a while, said Tara Meyer, a representative with AmeriCanna Dream. She said she expected $500,000 in city sales tax would be generated from the business.
The Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 to give a positive recommendation for the dispensary, although it gave a negative recommendation to make the city’s dispensary buffer from a religious establishment be reduced to 350 feet from 500. However, the city council granted the variation.
Under Crystal Lake’s ordinance, marijuana dispensaries are not allowed to be within 500 feet of any schools, day care centers, residential care homes, religious establishments, parks, open spaces, libraries or recovery homes. They also cannot locate within 250 feet of residential property.