North Hempstead officials have issued a permit allowing Bloomfield Industries Inc. to open Nassau County’s first medical marijuana dispensary in a makeshift office space in Lake Success.
Bloomfield, based in Staten Island, submitted a second permit application in late December to occupy Suite N1 at 2001 Marcus Ave., a vacant medical office space. Town officials said the permit was issued last week.
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Planning Commissioner Michael Levine said Bloomfield plans to use Suite N1 for a limited period, though technically the company is permitted to remain there indefinitely. He added that the permit is for occupancy and does not allow physical renovations.
“They’re really not doing much in the way of physical work,” Levine said. “I think they’re moving in essentially as-is and configuring the other space for how they want it to operate in the long term.”
Since Jan. 7, eight of New York State’s 20 dispensaries have opened. A Bloomfield spokesman said the North Hempstead dispensary is still on target to open in January and that its Manhattan location is expected to begin operating in late February. The company’s two other locations, in Salina and Williamsville, opened on Jan. 7.
In mid-December, the North Hempstead building department requested more information from Bloomfield about fire alarm systems, exterior signage, plumbing and revised construction plans to ensure compliance with the state’s building code.
Bloomfield recently resubmitted the application, which will soon be reviewed, town officials said. Though a permit has yet to be issued, it is possible that Bloomfield has begun minor decorative work in the space, Levine said. Any alterations involving partitions, plumbing or electrical systems are on hold until the permit’s final approval.
Levine said it wasn’t “out of the ordinary” for an applicant to apply for multiple permits and occupy a temporary space. He did not provide examples of similar applications in North Hempstead.
“They could apply for five permits if they wanted to,” said Glenn Norjen, the Building Department’s deputy commissioner. “It’s not a temporary permit. It’s permitted as far as we’re concerned.”
Bloomfield is one of five registered organizations permitted to operate up to four dispensaries across the state. Another company, Columbia Care NY LLC, is to open a dispensary in Riverhead. In a statement, Columbia Care chief executive Nicholas Vita said the facility will open Jan. 26.
“All of Columbia Care’s New York facilities will be open by the end of January as planned, satisfying New York State’s strict requirements,” Vita said.