ZBA okays pot shop for Blue Hill Avenue

The Zoning Board of Appeal on Monday approved plans for a cannabis store at 879-881 Blue Hill Ave. across from Talbot Avenue. Shayne Cranmore will use more than 3,000 square feet in the building, which his family has owned for some 30 years, for the new shop.

Nobody spoke against the proposal.

The application, which also has the approval of the Boston Cannabis Board, now goes to the state Cannabis Control Commission for the license it needs to open.

Cranmore’s attorney, former City Councillor Josh Zakim, said customers will enter through an entrance in a rear parking lot, which, he said, should eliminate any lines of would-be customers lined up out front facing a youth center across the street.

That was good news for board Chairwoman Christine Araujo, who cited long lines outside the NETA shop in Brookline Village.

The store will go into space that, in 2018, two restaurant entrepreneurs sought for a large barbecue and steak restaurant that never opened.

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