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Council agrees to land sale with Youngs

Agreement opens a door to Cheney’s first marijuana production and processing facility, pending permits


The Cheney City Council approved a land sale at its March 11 meeting that will bring the first marijuana facility to the city.

In a 5-1 vote — Councilwoman Jill Weiszmann voted no with Councilman Bob Stockton absent — the council authorized Mayor Tom Trulove to sign and accept a sale of two parcels, with an option on a third, to Bill Youngs and partners for the construction of a marijuana production and processing facility in the city’s Commerce and Industrial Park. Construction of the facility is contingent on three factors: approval of a license to grow and process marijuana by the state Liquor Control Board, obtaining and conforming to requirements in a conditional use permit and securing of a city building permit.

City attorney Stanley Schwartz asked the council to amend the original resolution to add instructions to him to draft an agreement that describes the process for finalizing the purchase option.

“It doesn’t modify any terms of the document in front of you,” he said.

The agreement sells Youngs parcels 4 and 5 in Lot 2, totaling 42,511 square feet, for $90,931, on which he plans to build a 6,500-square-foot facility that will only be used in the growing and processing of marijuana. If desired, Youngs could exercise his option to purchase parcel 3 just to the west at a sale price of $86,625.

Youngs plans are to grow the product indoors, with the facility being well ventilated and constructed to make sure any potential odors from the operation are controlled.

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