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With a more welcoming council set to take office July 1, Canopy Crossroad now appears to have a clearer path to opening next door to Red Bank Liquors, though hurdles remain.
Owned by Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen of Middletown, Canopy Crossroad won approval of its conditional-use application for 9 West Street on an 8-1 board vote. Only board member Juanita Lewis, a former council member, voted no; she offered no comments during the hearing.
An effort to tighten Red Bank’s controversial cannabis business zoning law faces a double-barreled challenge Monday night.
That’s when the owners of two proposed pot shops that would be less than 350 feet apart go to the planning board. Both are expected to argue they comply with the 2021 law.
If approved, Canopy Crossroad would operate at 9 West Street, next door to Red Bank Liquors. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen, a Middletown husband and wife team and owners of Canopy Crossroads, LLC, will continue their application to open a cannabis retail outlet at 9 West Street, in an empty building adjoining Red Bank Liquors.
At a May 1 Planning Board meeting, several comments from the public focused on the location of the retail cannabis store, near the Red Bank Charter School that is within 1,000 feet of the proposed store.
The Red Bank Planning Board will hold their regular meeting tonight, May 7, 7:00pm, at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street.
The single agenda item is a conditional use, site plan approval and bulk variances being sought by Canopy Crossroads, LLC.
Middletown husband and wife owners Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen are continuing their plan on opening up a cannabis retail outlet at 9 West Street, presently occupied by Red Bank Liquors.
Potential marijuana business owners were not happy after the Borough Council voted to introduce ordinances that would further restrict where cannabis businesses can be established and create a process for reviewing and approving such businesses.
The proposed changes drew alarm from multiple business owners, such as Caryn Cohen and Andy Zeitlin with Canopy Crossroads, who applied for a conditional license from the state immediately when applications were open. The couple said they hoped to open a boutique cannabis store near Red Bank Liquors.