ATTLEBORO — A dusty, decrepit, wind-blown industrial lot on Forest Street tucked inside a residential neighborhood could become the home of a gleaming new marijuana shop if the zoning board of appeals grants two special permits needed for the business.
If approved, the East Side site, which currently holds two crumbling concrete block industrial buildings and was once the home of Ralph Shuster Metals, Inc. along with R.G. Johnson Fabrication, would become the home of retail shops for medical and adult use marijuana under the name of Aspen Blue Cultures, Inc.
Shuster owns the parcel and is described as a “related entity” to Aspen Blue.
Both are headquartered at 909 North Main St., Providence.
The shops would be separate businesses, but would be located in the same 3,000 square foot building which would be built after the industrial buildings are razed.
The lot encompasses 15 acres to the east and borders a railroad siding to the north.
It’s located at 40 Forest between Falmouth and Maynard streets which intersect with Forest which runs between Pleasant and Park streets.
Many homes are located across the street from the site and to the south.
To the north and east is the sprawling Attleboro Corporate Campus, once the site of Texas Instruments. ACC is also the home of another budding marijuana business known as Briarleaf, Inc.
In April, the city council turned over the the permitting of pot shops to the zoning board after writing ordinances to guide the process and approving a number of permits.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 13 at City Hall.