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Construction is underway for Westmoreland County’s only medical marijuana dispensary, but the project has been delayed again.
Keystone Integrated Care now predicts its Greensburg facility will open in November. It was originally scheduled to open in March, then pushed to August.
Company founder Thomas Perko said it took longer than expected to line up contractors for the project.
Those contractors have been hired, and preliminary work has begun on the East Pittsburgh Street site.
“It’s just a difficult plot of land,” he said. “The delays are behind us, largely.”
Pittsburgh contractor PW Campbell is in charge of construction.
Greensburg City Council first approved plans for the dispensary in September.
However, Keystone Integrated Care discovered the design it proposed was too expensive for the company to build, Perko said.
Developers came back to the city six months later with a revised plan for a smaller building. Council approved it, the two empty homes on the site were demolished, but construction never started.
City planning director Barbara Ciampini said she’s been ready to issue a construction permit for more than a month, but Keystone Integrated Care never contacted the city.
“It was ready, we were just sitting here waiting, and we hadn’t heard from them for the last 30 days,” she said.
That changed last week when the company restarted the process with the city, which issued the permit Monday.
“We’ve got some movement on construction and a clear path forward,” Perko said.
Construction on the #Greensburg location has a clear path forward! Stay tuned for local hiring and community impact initiatives.The facility is being built by PW Campbell and was designed by @aeworksltd https://t.co/YyWVYX2UtT pic.twitter.com/c8Xl3td1lf
— KeystoneIntegrated (@KIC_PA) June 27, 2018
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