On June 13th at 7PM at North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave N, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to gather public input on a proposed developer agreement that would allow a marijuana store to be located in the Mountain Valley Shopping Center near I-90 exit 31 in North Bend.
The proposed marijuana retail store would be owned by Clifford Gehrett who has an existing marijuana retail sales license for a store he owns in Issaquah, which according to the draft Developer Agreement has been operated consistently with all local and state laws.
Gehrett is also trying to purchase the portion of the Mountain Valley Shopping Center where the business would be located – which is the newer portion closer to the North Bend Outlet Mall at 320 SW Mount Si Blvd. This is not the part of the shopping center where the old Blockbuster store has sat vacant for years at SW 456 Mount Si Blvd.
According to North Bend Senior Planner Mike McCarty, “Subject to City Council approval of a Development Agreement to allow marijuana retail at this location, he [Gehrett] would create a demising wall in the existing large vacant commercial space within that property, and locate the marijuana retail in one of the new spaces. He would lease out the remaining spaces at 320 SW Mount Si Boulevard to other unrelated existing and future tenants.”
The marijuana store would be located in the spot that at one time held a Washington State Liquor Store.
Gehrett had originally considered locating a new marijuana store along North Bend Way near the site of the new city hall, but is now proposing the Mountain Valley Shopping Center location.
Those wishing to comment on the proposed developer agreement to allow the marijuana store can submit written comments until 4:30pm June 13th, or in person at the public hearing on June 13th.
Written comments should be sent to City of North Bend Community and Economic Development, PO Box 896, North Bend WA, 98045, Attn: Mike McCarty, Senior Planner, email@example.com Emailed comments should include the subject line “Marijuana Retail DA Hearing.”