SHAMOKIN DAM — Conditional approval for a 38,400-square-foot medical marijuana-growing facility on the Sunbury Generation property has been granted to a Massachusetts firm.
Municipal officials "have been very fair. I think it should go up very quickly," said Peter Gallagher, of INSA LLC, of the progress the firm has made with Shamokin Dam borough and planning officials.
INSA received a state permit in late July to operate a marijuana-producing facility in Snyder County. The firm has six months to get the facility operational.
The firm is expected to initially employ 60 people working in two shifts at the plant located on a nearly 7-acre lot on the northern section of the Sunbury Generation property, borough manager Ed Hovenstine said.
The secure growing facility will also include a parking area and access from East 11th Avenue to a newly created cul-de-sac, according to the development plans.
Conditions set by the planning commission are minor, said Hovenstine.
Some concern about traffic from Routes 11-15 to the site have been expressed by nearby property owners, but Hovenstine points out that the East 11th Avenue access road has been there for some time.
"Overall (INSA) meets all the requirements of what they hope to do," he said, indicating land use and occupancy.