Howard pot shop, bakery plan goes to LUC – Evanston Now

Plans for a cannabis dispensary and bakery in the Evanston Gateway apartment building at Howard Street and Chicago Avenue are scheduled to be reviewed by the city’s Land Use Commission Wednesday.

The proposal, from the social equity company OKAY Cannabis, was first reported last month.

The site design to be reviewed by the LUC calls for customers for both businesses to enter the bakery from the Howard Street side of the building.

An image of the West Town Bakery location in Wheeling from its Instagram feed.

Customers seeking cannabis would then pass through a security screening vestibule to enter the dispensary area and exit through a door on the Chicago Avenue side of the building, while bakery customers would leave through the Howard Street doorway by which they entered.

OKAY Cannabis initially requested operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for both the bakery and the dispensary. But the city’s zoning ordinance restricts dispensary operations to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

OKAY Cannabis won three dispensary licenses from the state in July 2021 and operates a store in Wheeling and is scheduled to open one in Chicago this month.

The company is majority-owned by Charles Mayfield, who

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