Marijuana facility up for sale
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | March 30, 2017
More than three years ago, an empty lot on Industrial Park Road was purchased from the municipality.
It wasn’t long until a large green building was erected, with the new owners planning on opening a medical marijuana facility.
But it never came to be, and now the property is up for sale.
James Tout, one of the owners, passed away last May, confirmed Dan Sayers, chief building official.
Dysart CAO Tamara Wilbee couldn’t provide any more information.
“That’s all I know as well,” she said.
Attempts have been made to reach one of the owners, who isn’t named in the real estate listing, but messages have not been returned.
In August of 2013, Tout and a Darrell Connors offered to buy the property for $10,000 plus legal fees. Council accepted and asked the clerk to proceed with completing the terms of sale.
They eventually obtained a building permit, and Sayers confirmed the owners intended using the building for the production of medical marijuana.
At the time, Dysart Reeve Murray Fearrey said the owners promised to create five local jobs.
The Highlander spoke to Tout in 2014, who said, “Right now, we’re just building a building.”
The 1.2-acre property, which is located at 367 Industrial Park Road, is listed at $495,000. The building is a total of 8,000 square feet, according to a description online.
This includes 5,000 square feet on the ground floor, 3,000 square feet on the second floor and 800 square feet of storage.
It comes with a 10-by-10-foot bank vault, a UV light system and 15 parking spaces, among other features.
It is advertised on the website of discount broker John Gagnon of HomeLife/Unlimited Connections Realty Ltd., based in Belleville. But it is for sale by the owner.
Gagnon was unable to go into any details about the property or who is selling it.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss anything,” he said in a phone interview.
He couldn’t recall when the property was listed.
To sell or provide marijuana for medical purposes, one must apply to Health Canada to become a licensed producer. A total of 40 licenses have been issued to date, with more than half of those being in Ontario.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.