Near South Side Developments, Including South Loop’s 1st Black-Owned Dispensary, Get Key Approvals – Block Club Chicago

GRAND BOULEVARD — Developments for the Near South Side got key approvals during a Planning Commission meeting Thursday, meaning they’re a step closer to reality.

The developments include the first Black-owned dispensary in the South Loop and Northwestern Medicine’s Bronzeville outpatient clinic planned for the Cottage Grove Avenue corridor.

Here’s a look at what’s in the offing:

Credit: Provided.Black-owned Family Roots Dispensary is looking to take over a South Wabash storefront in the South Loop.Family Roots Dispensary

The Planning Commission granted Black-owned Family Roots LLC’s request to convert an old South Loop Potbelly sandwich shop into a cannabis dispensary. The $650,000 project would create 30-50 construction jobs and 30-45 permanent positions.

CEO Matt Brewer, a native South Sider and Harvard Business grad who started the company with his mother and brother, has been met with some resistance from neighbors who worry the dispensary will increase loitering and crime. But Ald. Sophia King (4hth) told the zoning committee she doesn’t believe the dispensary will bring “additional negative impacts” to the South Loop.

The project still needs to pass the Zoning Board of Appeals, which requires the team to have one more public meeting.

Credit: Provided.A rendering of Solar Lofts a residential development coming to the Near

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