Somerset planners recommend rezoning for pot facility
By Michael Holtzman , Herald News
SOMERSET — A $7 million initial conversion of a Brayton Point Road building near Route 6 would be used for medical marijuana growing and distribution “at this point,” according to the lawyer submitting a rezoning proposal at Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting.
A former police chief in New Hampshire who would head security and a director of rheumatology in Fall River who would be the medical consultant were present with the lead realty group partner that owns the property. They sat silently while attorney Thomas Killoran presented the rezoning plan.
“The rezoning back to industrial is to put the property to its fullest and best use,” Killoran said of the 6.7-acre lot and 66,000 square-foot building that’s less than 20 percent full.
The single-story building, 24 feet high is located at 1400 Brayton Point Road across from Somerset Subaru and the town highway department, in the vicinity of Stop & Shop, Home Depot and CVS.
The industrial-style building requires significant reconstruction, Killoran said.
Solar Therapeutics Inc., a non-profit company in Quincy, would be “the end user,” Killoran said.
It’s not been determined if Solar Therapeutics would buy or lease the property, Killoran said after a 20-minute discussion with the Planning Board that asked few questions.
His client is Brayton Point Reality Inc., whose president Ronald Rapoza of Somerset attended the public hearing.
Rapoza said he has seven other owners. He bought it with a larger adjacent parcel in 1994 for $2.4 million when it was zoned industrial.
In 2001 the site of the former Somerset Plastics Recycling was rezoned to business in 2001 and has had an assortment of tenants.
“We just put feelers out to get tenants,” Rapoza said when asked how Solar Therapeutics sought this use.
It is headed by Edward Dow III