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June 23, 2023

Company headed by parking magnate Lazowski proposes Hartford cannabis dispensary 

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Alan Lazowski, head of Hartford-based parking empire LAZ Parking and a key area real estate investor.

A limited liability company headed by parking magnate Alan Lazowski is proposing to open a dispensary just outside downtown Hartford, a block away from Dunkin’ Park.

The Hartford Planning & Zoning Commission this week heard a proposal from 306 Market Street LLC, which lists LAZ Parking CEO Lazowski as principal and LAZ Investments as its business and mailing address.

The company is seeking permission to open an adult-use cannabis dispensary at 306 Market St., the site of the former Goodyear vehicle tire and service business.

The proposed dispensary is associated with Let’s Grow Hartford, a prospective cannabis business co-founded by serial entrepreneur David Salinas and Hartford native Janice Flemming-Butler, Salinas confirmed Friday morning. Last year, the two announced plans to open a cannabis business “campus” in the city that would be a hub for several different cannabis business types.

Lazowski is also a principal of Let’s Grow Hartford through one of his subsidiaries. He told the Hartford Business Journal in December that he likes the social equity components of the state’s recreational cannabis program, and wanted to get involved. Lazowski said he’d work with the company as an investor, advisor and mentor.

“What that can do for the community — we look at that as a great opportunity to give back to the community,” Lazowski said. “There’s going to be incubation and acceleration of businesses that we’re going to help in the cannabis industry through (Let’s Grow Hartford).”

Current Hartford zoning regulations don’t allow for cannabis dispensaries to be within 2,000 feet of the Connecticut River, a zone called the Connecticut River Overlay, and the site is within that threshold.

No action was taken during Tuesday’s special meeting, and city officials said more details would be provided during the next Planning & Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for July 11.

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