ZBA approves Low Key Dispensary in Codman Square

A street view of the current property at 517B Washington Street.

A recreational cannabis store at 517B Washington St. in Codman Square won unanimous approval to move forward on Tuesday from members of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal.

The proponents of Low Key Dispensary, plan to convert an existing two-story building into 1,700 square-foot (s.f.) retail space above 1,700 s.f. of storage. Low Key Dispensary also received a letter of approval from the Boston Cannabis Board this week.

The store would operate 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. “We are going to see how the customer flow is and make adjustments accordingly as to how we will reduce hours,” said Jeff Similian, COO of Low Key LLC.

The team plans to encourage pre-ordering of their products, so that people are in and out quickly and long lines do not form around the building. Similian noted that there is a municipal lot along the left side of the building attached to an unoccupied storefront. Shawmut MBTA station is also close by and Similian said that a bike rack would be located at the rear of the building.

“There are about 40 spaces in there and we plan on utilizing that space,” he said.

Deliveries would be accessible through Aspinwall St., and schedules would avoid peak traffic and business hours. Multiple security employees would be on site at all times, and a Boston Police detail would be on duty for the dispensary’s first month of operation.

Several people offered comment in support of Low Key Dispensary’s proposal during the virtual meeting and there were eight letters of opposition received.

Chantal Lima Barbosa, from the Mayor’s office of Neighborhood Services, said that while the Codman Square Neighborhood Council opposes cannabis establishments in the area, the mayor’s office would still be supporting the proposal.

“We acknowledge that this is an equity applicant that has been approved by the Boston Cannabis Board,” she said. “Additionally, this proposal is located in a business district and will stimulate economic development.”

Rudy Lambert, a Dorchester resident, said he thought that the proposal would bring jobs to the community and help those who were negatively impacted by the war on drugs.

“I think it would be great for the community and that they would do a lot of good work regarding hiring in the minority aspect and also just providing good space for their employees and the community,” he said.

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