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Homeowners push back against marijuana grow site in Berkshire County

September 09, 2019 06:59 PM

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - For six years, Kip Beacco has called Van Deusenville Road in Great Barrington Home. The view from his driveway could soon be changing.

"If you get a look at this landscape here, it's gorgeous," said Beacco.

Beacco is one of dozens of area residents trying to put a stop to Fulcrum Enterprises, LLC's plan to build an 80,000 square foot marijuana cultivation facility right across the street.

"I have a neighbor who has a little girl who's 5 or 6 years old. You've got little kids next door here. There's a little girl two houses over that's had a lot of health issues. We've talked a lot about it and people in Housatonic are very upset," said Beacco.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with the town's Selectboard Chairman ahead of a public hearing on the proposal on Monday. Chairman Stephen Bannon says the bulk of the concerns are with potential odor, noise, and chemicals that could come from the 15 greenhouses that are part of the plan. The site will also be home to a large manufacturing facility.

The town has hired consultants to weigh-in and Bannon says a final vote on the special permit request for the property will not take place until those results are in.

"I know what pot smells like and the amount of weed they're going to be growing I can only imagine," said Beacco.

Great Barrington was first in the county to have a recreational pot shop open up. Bannon says they've also approved permits for four more locations as well as two manufacturing facilities.

Many residents say the business is good for the town, but they just don't want it in their neighborhood.

"I mean it's really a ton of obvious concerns that anybody, literally your front yard would have to deal with. It feels like an invasion," said Beacco.

Bannon says a vote will most likely take place in about two weeks.


Jacquie Slater

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