A plan to bring an adult-use cannabis dispensary to Harlem Avenue in Riverside appears to be back on track after the state of Illinois issued 177 conditional cannabis dispensary licenses that had been held up for months due to a lawsuit challenging how the licenses were awarded.
On July 22, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced the issuance of 149 licenses, among them one for Mint IL LLC, whose owners are looking to convert a commercial property at 2704 Harlem Ave. into a retail cannabis dispensary.
Mint IL, also known as Mint Cannabis, had planned on buying the property early in 2022, but the delay in issuing the conditional licenses held up the deal. The sale of 2704 Harlem Ave. was to be part of a transaction that would also involve the village of Riverside selling the property at 2710 Harlem Ave., which is immediately south of the proposed dispensary location, to Dr. Milad Nourahmadi.
Nourahmadi presently owns 2704 Harlem Ave. and the strip mall at 2720 Harlem Ave. The village-owned property sits between the two parcels, and Nourahmadi wants to acquire it to increase the size of the strip mall’s parking lot, which will