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Ice and coal scion files plans for marijuana manufactory on family lot in Newmarket Square

Proposed marijuana facility on Hampden Street

For once, not a bird-infused rendering; instead an infused-bird rendering, by 2WR+ Partners.

An heir to the Brookline Ice and Coal concern has filed plans with the BPDA to build a three-story "cannabis production and cultivation facility" on a "distressed" parcel owned by his family at 100 Hampden St., a couple blocks away from the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Mario Signore's proposed Green Line Boston Craft Cannabis would have exterior panels perfect for large murals, along with third-floor event space with views of downtown Boston on a lot that is now used for storage of construction equipment, the filing states:

The design concept was influenced by the context of the surrounding New Market Industrial District and the maritime history of the City of Boston. The building form suggests a vaguely nautical appearance, which was enhanced by placement of larger window openings at the top of the building to capitalize on extensive views from that level. A series of ribbon windows were utilized on the first floor to provide natural light to the interior while addressing potential security issues. The main entrance along Hampden is covered by a tall canopy suspended from a protruding structural element from the third floor. Large window openings on the west and south elevations are provided with horizontal sunshades to reduce solar gain and provide depth to the facade. The building volume is further broken up by use of both smooth vertical insulated metal panels, and horizontal ribbed insulated metal panels. Smooth, vertically oriented insulated metal panels are used in conjunction with horizontal ribbed insulated metal panels to further break up the large building volume. The panels serve as a canvas for local street artists to create murals which tie the building to the neighborhood and add large color blocks to the facade in key areas.

The Zoning Board of Appeal approved the proposal in 2019.

100 Hampden St. filings and schedule.

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Comments

With that name, shouldn't it be in Brighton?

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They’re gonna spend a lot of money on security in that area, holy cow. Definitely wouldn’t even consider going there on foot.

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Ron, Then it could also be in Brookline, Newton, Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, Somerville, and Fenway. I think its more of an ode to Boston and cannabis together.

Ron, with that name it could be almost anywhere in Boston, Brookline, Somerville and Newton. Sounds more like an ode to Boston and Cannabis than a specific location.

... sure, Jan.

Hey dude, where`s my coal?

There are many stupid things about the way pot was legalized here but the requirement that it is only grown inside using artificial lights and pumped in water is so dumb. How about we grow pot in Hadley, etc... like we did with tobacco for centuries and use urban spaces for urban uses.

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And it’s not environmentally friendly producing this way, greenies take note.

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Bring on the Hadley grass - asparagus in the spring and marijuana in the fall :)

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And sweet corn!!

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I don't disagree but to set the record straight, there are several cannabis farms scattered around the state comprising of 100's of acres and thousands of plants. These are in Sheffield, Wareham, Uxbridge, and other towns. Also, several companies have built large greenhouses, thereby cutting down on the use of artificial lighting. Growing cannabis outdoors can be challenging given the short growing season and the levels at which certain contaminants must test under. These include mold, heavy metals, microbiological toxins such as salmonella, also pesticides, etc. Even certain organic pesticides are not allowed and companies that have cannabis that has tested positive for these can be shut down for several months until they resolve the issue. Zoning is also an issue as to where these facilities can be located. Most are in industrial type areas, even some of the aforementioned farms.

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… in the Northeast would only allow 4-5 months of activity from seed to harvest and would likely require a start indoors regardless. Not to mention much more watering. That aside, imagine the uproar from the pearl-clutchers once 8’ plants start sprouting up everywhere.

who have been cultivating great weed since the 60's

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"suggests a vaguely nautical appearance" = "In no way bears any resemblance to a ship."

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To comment...

After seeing the throngs of people this morning at the Mass/Cass corner, not sure of this is the best idea going….

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Are you afraid some of them might be able to find employment and get off the streets or what?

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It's also pretty far removed from the center of Mass and Cass -- closer to the Goodwill.

you might do better to worry about the many existing hospitals already in that area.

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After seeing the throngs of people this morning at the Mass/Cass corner, not sure of this is the best idea going….

Please build it! This area is so unpleasant with many vacant lots. Some new buildings and activity would help a lot!

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