HAYWARD — A store that can promote hashish and ship the substance to individuals’s doorsteps could possibly be coming to downtown.
The Metropolis Council on Tuesday will take into account the proposal by Jiva Life, which desires to open a dispensary at a vacant spot that when housed Artwork’s Crab Shak and earlier than that, Hayward Fishery at C Road and Foothill Boulevard.
Metropolis officers are recommending the council help the proposal. Town’s Planning Fee backed the dispensary in October.
Jiva Life would offer 13 to 18 jobs and generate $10 million in gross sales throughout its first three years, offering roughly $700,000 in gross sales tax income for town, Marcus Martinez, a Hayward affiliate planner, wrote in a employees report.
The enterprise expects to have as much as 31 workers after its third yr, Martinez mentioned.
He mentioned the shop may assist revitalize the realm. Whereas the Hayward Fishery at one time was a preferred, bustling restaurant, the location has been vacant for years.
“The constructing’s state of disrepair has resulted in a disproportionate affect on the encircling neighborhood and indicators a scarcity of funding within the space,” Martinez mentioned within the report.
Plans embrace reworking the constructing at 22701 Foothill Blvd., which is able to provide merchandise corresponding to edibles, oils and concentrates for each leisure and medical use. It might be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days every week. The adjoining web site at 1055 C St., additionally a part of the challenge, can be used for parking.
Rajiv Pottabathni, who’s growing the enterprise, instructed Planning Commissioners that he believes the general public must be educated about hashish for the hassle to succeed.
“I feel training goes to be the important thing in our business — to coach customers on when to make use of for sure issues and the way to not abuse it,” Pottabathni mentioned. “It will likely be one thing that we’ll see all through the state and the U.S.”
Presently, the prevailing constructing on Foothill Boulevard totals 3,496 sq. toes. The challenge requires demolishing parts alongside the rear and entrance of it to create a brand new constructing space of two,536 sq. toes.
Two safety guards could be on-site when the dispensary opens.
Different safety steps would come with cameras inside and outdoors, an alarm system that can have panic buttons and movement detection lighting. Hayward police have reviewed and signed off on the protection measures.
“Seeing a brand new constructing with an upbeat tenant most undoubtedly will perpetuate our objectives for downtown and different components of town,” the property proprietor, Patrick Orosco, instructed the fee, which voted 6-1 to suggest the enterprise.
Commissioner Robert Stevens solid the lone no vote, saying he believed there’s a focus of hashish companies authorised for downtown and that extra examine wanted to be performed on hashish and the affect such companies have.
Jiva Life is the final of three hashish retail dispensaries proposed for downtown Hayward.
The primary in Hayward was Cookies, previously Hayward Station, at 1004 B St. and Foremost Road, and the second was Aunty Honeys at 1147 B St.
Kim Huggett, president of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, spoke in favor of the dispensary throughout the fee assembly.
“Hayward’s downtown zone has clearly been developed by town as an attraction for adult-related companies,” Huggett sain a letter to the fee. “There are not any faculties right here and no handy routes for college kids to stroll by means of downtown to high school.”
In November 2016, California voters adopted Proposition 64, which legalized grownup hashish use, possession and cultivation for non-medicinal functions. In October and November 2017, the Metropolis Council voted to permit hashish companies inside Hayward.