STREETERVILLE — A city board denied a proposal to convert a historical red-brick house in Streeterville into an adult-use marijuana dispensary after strong pushback from neighbors and the alderman.
A cohort of neighbors railed against the proposed dispensary for the three-story building at 212 N. Ontario St. during a hearing Friday, voicing concerns about traffic and safety, among other issues. The Zoning Board of Appeals issued its decision killing the plan late Monday.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) praised the decision in a statement, saying it aligns with neighborhood sentiment about the project.
“Given the overwhelming neighborhood opposition to this proposed dispensary, I believe the Zoning Board of Appeals made the right decision in denying this application,” Reilly said.
The proposal to convert the Streeterville building was pitched by Green & Bransford, an Illinois-based LLC that lists Edward Bransford as its manager, according to public records. Bryan and Christy Zises are also partners in the company. The pair own and manage Dispensary 33, which has two locations in Chicago.
At the hearing Friday, an attorney for the applicants said Bransford, a Navy veteran, fulfilled the city’s “social-equity” requirement. The ZBA also stated the city’s Department of Planning and Development recommended approval of the project.
Applicants pitched a