EUREKA – Owners of a proposed cannabis facility that was destroyed by fire are now hoping to rebuild.
The property at 24 West 4th Street in Eureka had been purchased by new owners before it burned to the ground on June 20th. Most of the six businesses that had been operating were already gone when the fire caused a million dollars in damage. The cause is still being investigated.
The lot sits empty now but won’t remain that way.
Wednesday morning the design review committee approved site plans for a 21,000 square foot structure with space for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and processing.
The developers are the first to take advantage of the city’s new infill incentive permit. That program trades strict adherence to guidelines such as parking requirements in exchange for enhancements to the structure’s design.
In this case, developers opted to add a second story that would have required six parking spaces the site would not accommodate. Instead, plans call for architectural and facade upgrades like cedar siding and decorative steel awnings.
Until the verdict on their proposed construction project is returned, the owners are also believed to be considering the possibility of erecting a steel building purchased from a steel industry expert such as Armstrong Steel to house their growing business.
The next step is a public hearing that will be scheduled within the next few weeks. Developers hope to begin construction by this winter.