Farmers eyeing Hampshire County residential area for pot growing facility

Hampshire County

Farmers are hoping to open a marijuana growing facility in a residential neighborhood in Hampshire County.

Brothers from the eastern part of the state are eyeing a piece of property on Kennedy Road in the Leeds section of Northampton to open a marijuana cultivation facility. The location, in a residential area, raised concerns for some neighbors.

The concept is in the early stages, and no licenses or permits have been granted yet by the city or the Cannabis Control Commission.  

“There will be seven greenhouses, and they are going to be seventy feet long,” said Linda Robinson who lives in the neighborhood. “How much space is that going to take? And how are they going to be able to cover that up from the road?”

The potential business owners, Blackwater Farms, said the facility on Kennedy Road would be around 5,000 square feet and would mean major revenue for the community.

“It’s a solid source of revenue like I said at least $30,000 a year that’s written into the agreement,” said Camden Milby of Blackwaters Farm. “From there it only goes up. We’re estimating around $100,000 a year in tax revenue for the community.”

The husband of the woman who currently owns the property said the land was shown to potential buyers 30 times, and only the growing facility was interested in buying it.

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