Separate plans for Jefferson Street development-a new three-story medical building and a cannabis dispensary in a former Bakers Square restaurant-advanced through the Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday.
The approvals came despite one Joliet resident’s argument that the cannabis dispensary will contribute to the degradation of Jefferson Street.
There was no opposition to the future Duly Health and Care medical building that will occupy a site last occupied by a Ford dealership that moved out in the late 1990s.
Mitch Goltz with GW Properties, which will develop the GW site, said the medical building will add to the appearance of Jefferson Street.
“There will be a lot of improvements, a lot of new landscaping and development filling a large hole on Jefferson Street,” Goltz said.
The zoning board’s vote was the last city approval needed for the Duly building, which is planned for a 2024 opening on the site at 2000 W. Jefferson St.
The board’s approval of a special use permit for the cannabis dispensary, however, serves as a recommendation to the City Council,