William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
(GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 27, 2019)--The New Jersey Department of Health is presently reviewing three proposals/applications for medical marijuana facility to be built in the state in the near future. According to NJ.com Green Leaf Medical, New Jersey met with the Gloucester City Planning Board and presented a plan for cultivation, extraction and a dispensary operation in the Southport section of the City, located at Charles and Water Streets. That area was once the home of several industrial facilities, such as GAF, Harshaw/Amspec Chemical, NJ Zinc, and Atlantic Richfield. For 30 years or more, the large acreage has been vacant. Some plots of ground are still being cleaned of toxic chemicals.
Gloucester City Mayor Dan Spencer said two of those facilities will be built in South Jersey. "Only two licenses will be awarded in South Jersey. We are not the only municipality that has applied."
Spencer said the council is in favor of the idea, and "Zoning is already in place for allowing the use. We had three applicants applying for licenses. It is now up to the state."
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who was hired by Green Leaf New Jersey as their public relations and outreach person, appeared recently before the Gloucester City Planning Board.
Green Leaf already operates six facilities in four other states. Company CEO Phil Goldberg said adding Nutter to the team for the proposed New Jersey expansion made sense reported NJ.com
“We didn’t just bring him on for the star power,” Goldberg said, “If you look at his track record, it’s very impressive. He has done some amazing things. His heart is in the right place. If he only had star power we wouldn’t have asked him to join the team.”
Green Leaf wants to build a 50,000 square-foot cultivation, extraction and dispensary facility in the Southport section of the city on the waterfront.
“The city would get 2 percent on the gross sales,” said Howard Long, the Gloucester City solicitor who sat in on planning board meetings about the proposals. “For a city like Gloucester, it’s a nice alternative to raising property taxes. Income is very, very important to the city.”
The two other applicants in Gloucester City are DEVI Holdings LLC and 57 Star LLC.
Spencer was asked what happened to the organic waste to energy compost recycling facility that was granted approved for their operation in the same area in 2010. "It is still a go. It is a slow and lethargic process!"
In December 2010 the City of Gloucester City announced it had been chosen as the site for the first organic waste to energy/compost recycling plant to be constructed in the United States. The $30 million, 110,000 square foot facility is to be located in the City’s Southport Development area on 9.5 acres at the end of Water Street and the Delaware River. The vacant ground was once home to New Jersey Zinc which was owned by Gulf and Western.
The organics recycling facility will accept 60,000 tons annually of organic material [source-separated food waste, yard waste, and brush] for processing into renewable energy and compost. The facility will generate approximately two megawatts of renewable energy and 60,000 cubic yards of high-quality compost and will operate during normal business hours five and a half days per week.
The project was announced at the December 22 Gloucester City Council meeting. At that meeting, a resolution authorizing Organic Diversion LLC, of Marlton to proceed with the plans for the facility was approved.
Architect drawing of the proposed compost plant.