The development of a medical marijuana production facility in Owen Sound has taken another step forward.
City council gave conditional approval at last night's meeting to a site plan application by ANDPET Realty to support a new medical marijuana production facility at the former PPG building at 1875 16th Avenue East.
According to a report by community planner Margaret Potter, in addition to the medical marijuana facility, the site plan for the former PPG building also includes two industrial units -- which will be used to house Bruce Power suppliers BWXT Canada and Brotech Precision -- as well as two warehouse units.
The 82,000 square-ft. medical marijuana facility will be operated by MPX Bioceutical Corporation, formerly known as Canadian Bioceutical Corporation.
Owen Sound Director of Community Services Pam Coulter doesn't know MPX's timeline for construction to begin at the facility, but says building plans have been submitted to the city.
"They're anxious to get going," Coulter says.
One of the city's conditions in the site plan agreement requires a two-year timeframe for completion of all works.
According to its website, MPX says its application for licensed producer status from Health Canada was at the detailed review and security clearance process stage as of August 2017.
In June 2018, MPX completed the acquisition of Canveda, a licensed producer with Health Canada approval.
In a news release accompanying that acquisition announcement, MPX CEO Scott Boyes said: "The Canveda acquisition should accelerate our ability to secure cultivation, sale and dealer licenses at our Owen Sound facility."
According to past Bayshore Broadcasting reports, plans for the medical marijuana facility in Owen Sound were first announced in 2015.