Aldermen approve help for marijuana farm planned in RI


ROCK ISLAND — Aldermen on Monday helped advance plans for a company hoping to build a medical marijuana cultivation center on 10 acres along 51st Street West in the southwest part of the city.

The council approved paying $36,632 for work to compensate for wetlands that will be disturbed in providing an access route to the proposed facility planned by GTI Rock Island Partners LLC.


The company, linked to Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, proposes a 30,000- to 80,000-square-foot building that would employ 30 to 80 people.

The Missman work includes assessing how much wetlands would be disturbed and delineating, creating and monitoring compensating wetlands in adjacent areas. The wetlands compensation work is required for GTI’s application to the state to build the facility.

Mayor Dennis Pauley said GTI will fully reimburse the city for the work by Missman.

In July, the city council agreed to sell the 10-acre parcel to GTI for $135,000. The company is hoping to receive one of 22 state licenses for medical marijuana cultivation centers and the only one for Illinois State Police District 7 that includes Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Knox counties. Five firms are seeking the one license.

Also on Monday, the council:

— Approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to participate in resurfacing Black Hawk Road between 13th and 24th streets. The city will contribute $4,715 toward the $575,000 project planned next year.

— Accepted the Rock Island Citizens Advisory Committee’s recommendations on awards totaling $50,000 for 14 organizations that benefit city residents and businesses. The money comes from gaming revenues. A total of 25 groups applied for the grants. The city council will vote on the recommendations at its Nov. 10 meeting.

Link to original story. By Dennis Moran