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December 2, 2022

Proposed cannabis grow operator reveals more plans for Manchester site

Google image of 82 Colonial Road, Manchester.

A cannabis cultivator hoping to grow in Manchester could soon know whether or not they can move forward with their proposal.

RAD Holding Corp., which names Hartford resident Shawn Devon Howell and Suffield resident James L. Daddario as principals, is hoping to operate an indoor cannabis micro cultivator facility at 82 Colonial Road in one of the town’s industrial areas. The company filed their application with the town earlier this month, and now the Planning and Zoning Commission will host a hearing, then potentially vote, on a special exception for the business Dec. 5.

According to new documents from the town, RAD would occupy most of the existing 17,000-square-foot building while the current occupant will continue to use about 6,000 square feet.

RAD will have 7,051 square feet of grow space and outfit three offices into processing areas for trimming and curing, according to the plans. Two other office spaces will be used for employee changing rooms. Employees will work one shift from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends as needed. Staffing is expected to cap out at about 15 employees.

No changes are proposed to the building footprint, according to a review from town Principal Development Planner Megan Pilla, and no site work is proposed.

In August, RAD Holding Corp. was named one of two social equity micro cultivators moving ahead with the state’s provisional licensing process.
RAD is one of several prospective cannabis businesses eyeing to open in Manchester. In June, Fine Fettle received zoning approval to open an equity joint venture recreational cannabis dispensary at 91 Hale Road.

In July, multistate operator Curaleaf applied to open a hybrid dispensary at the former Friendly’s restaurant on Buckland Street. The Planning and Zoning Commission later approved a permit for the application in September, and Curaleaf announced it would be moving its existing Hartford dispensary, currently only for medical use, to the site.

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