A location move of less than 1,100 feet is about to make a world of difference for the Zen Leaf marijuana dispensary in St. Charles.
The city’s plan commission on Tuesday approved a request from Healthway Services of West Illinois LLC, which operates Zen Leaf, to move from its current location in the St. Charles Commons office complex at 3714 Illinois Ave. to a former Jared Jewelry store in the Main Street Commons shopping center at 3691 E. Main St.
The distance between the sites is only two-tenths of a mile, but the move to a prominent shopping center at the southeast corner of Kirk Road and Main Street is a massive change for the dispensary that opened in 2015 as a medicinal facility but began selling recreational marijuana last year out of its office complex unit.
The city’s aldermen, who approved Zen Leaf for recreational marijuana sales after a 6-4 vote, will review the proposal at Monday’s planning and zoning meeting. Their support is expected for the move to a location Zen Leaf officials say is more appropriate.
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