City Departments Flag Traffic Concerns as Frosty Nug Marijuana Plan Goes Before Council

Haverhill’s Engineering Department opposes plans to site an adult-use marijuana store on Route 125 in Bradford because of traffic concerns. The Haverhill City Council is being asked tonight to grant a special permit to locate the Frosty Nug at 1181 Boston Road, Haverhill, near the North Andover line. City Engineer John H. Pettis III, in comments on the proposal, said an additional 450 automobile trips per day, six-days-a-week is “a significant concern.” He said he raised similar objections to the proposed Dunkin’ shop at 915 S. Main St. “and those concerns have proven to be well-founded as there have been numerous accidents at the location, some very serious.”

Economic and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr. also said a traffic study should place “heavy emphasis” on proposed solutions to additional Route 125 traffic created by the store. “This should include deceleration lanes and turning lanes on Route 125 in both directions,” Pillsbury said.

Haverhill Council Says Stem Marijuana Shop May Operate Like Other Firms, Removes Conditions

A retail marijuana shop located in downtown Haverhill, may now operate as most other businesses after the City Council Tuesday night removed restrictions that limited the store to appointments only and limit the number of customers per hour. Stem, 124 Washington St., opened May 30 with temporary conditions that it serve customers on an appointment basis and with a limit of 25 per hour. Owner Caroline Pineau told councilors she has already received a positive response from a city panel established to review such requests. “I’ve addressed this request already with the Haverhill Police Department, the Fire Department and Engineering Departments. All departments have reported no issues since we’ve opened and all these departments favorably approve our requests,” she reported.

Downtown Haverhill Marijuana Shop Seeks to Remove Appointment Restriction and Customer Limit

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. Stem, an adult-use marijuana retailer in downtown Haverhill, is asking the city to remove conditions that limit the store to appointments only and limit the number of customers per hour. The business appears before the Haverhill City Council tonight after it says it received no objections from a city panel that was established to review such requests. The panel includes the police chief, fire chief and city engineer.

State Land Court Judge Denies Request to Close Haverhill Pot Shop; Dismisses All Zoning Claims

A state Land Court judge today denied an emergency request to close a newly opened retail marijuana shop in downtown Haverhill, while also throwing out a larger and earlier zoning challenge. The decisions by Judge Robert E. Foster allow Stem, owned by Caroline Pineau at 124 Washington St., to remain open. Last Saturday, Stem, became the first of four permitted adult-use marijuana stores to open in the city. Foster said the request by opponents Stavros Dimakis of Mark’s Deli and Realtor J. Bradford Brooks and Lloyd Jennings, owners of 128-130 Washington St., for an emergency closure order became moot when the judge ruled against them on the larger city zoning challenge. “Therefore, the plaintiffs by definition have no likelihood of success on the merits of their claim.

Traffic Concerns Dominate First Look at Proposed Ward Hill Area Marijuana Shop

Neighbors’ traffic concerns dominated the public’s first look last night at a proposed adult-use marijuana store near Ward Hill. During a remote community outreach meeting Monday night, officials of Frosty Nug, proposed for 1181 Boston Road, acknowledged heavy, peak-hour traffic. However, traffic consultant Scott Thornton of Vanasse & Associates, Andover, said traffic will still be less than other possible uses of the property. “For Dunkin’ Donuts, and I’ve permitted a number of those, we typically look at between 200 and 300 trips during the peak hours, which is in the morning. It’s just a drop in the bucket.

Haverhill’s First Marijuana Shop Opens, But Faces Renewed Court Challenge Today

Haverhill’s first recreational marijuana shop opened quietly this past Saturday with curbside pickup, but opponents will be in court today asking a judge to close the business. Caroline Pineau, CEO and owner of Stem, 124 Washington St., told WHAV the store sold out every appointment Saturday and Sunday and all operations went according to plan despite added COVID-19 related controls. “Customers left happy and excited, and there was really no line. The appointment system worked great,” she said. Pineau explained the appointment system is a two-step process where patrons are first required to book an appointment and then, for the time being, order online.

Proposed Ward Hill Area Retail Marijuana Store Plans Remote Community Outreach June 1

What could be Haverhill’s fifth adult-use marijuana store—proposed for 1181 Boston Road in Ward Hill—goes before the public next Monday night. The developers of what would be called “Frosty Nug” plan a required community outreach meeting June 1 at 6 p.m. Unlike others who pitched proposals before the current health pandemic, the hearing will take place online. The Boston Road site has been used for many years as a used car dealership. This is the first step in the process and no approvals will be requested or granted at the meeting. The company must obtain a special permit from the Haverhill City Council, a host agreement from Mayor James J. Fiorentini and permission from the state Cannabis Control Commission before it may begin operating.

Haverhill Councilors Remove Last Local Hurdle for Stem Marijuana Shop Opening; Grants Parking License

The second time was a charm last night for a downtown marijuana retailer trying to secure two required parking spaces for its business. Haverhill Stem, at 124 Washington St., had been granted a special permit to operate with the stipulation that they secure a parking license to help ensure the safe exchange of product and money. Caroline Pineau, the owner of the company, brought that request to the city council last month but as a result of a no vote by Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua and the unusual absence of four other city council members, she was unable to muster the five votes necessary to secure the license. Because of the circumstances, Pineau was given the opportunity to resubmit her petition and with a full complement of councilors on hand, was awarded the use of two city-owned parking spaces on Phoenix Row by a vote of seven to one with Bevilacqua opposed and Councilor Michael S. McGonagle leaving the room because of his involvement with the Amesbury Road building Mellow Fellows plans to rent for its marijuana business.