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Friday, April 30, 2010

Wal-Mart of Weed Not Moving into Scharffen Berger Building

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

click to enlarge Not in my neighborhood you don't
  • Not in my neighborhood you don't
Take note, Sunset district neighbors wishing to keep pot dealers at bay: why not buy their building out from under them?

A Berkeley developer has halted plans for a major West Berkeley marijuana retail outlet by buying the Scharffen Berger Chocolate building at 914 Heinz Ave., where the Berkeley Patients Group had planned to move, the Oakland Tribune reports.Wareham Development had threatened to sue to halt plans to move a pot club into the building, based on the fears marijuana sales would make nearby buildings the company owns less attractive to prospective tenants. A French immersion school in the neighborhood had also threatened to sue.

But it took actually purchasing the building to keep the dope fiends away.

A spokeswoman for the nearby Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley said she'd like the city of Berkeley to make it possible for organizations such as hers to keep away pot sales operations without drastic measures such as the one taken by Wareham.

 "In the long term, we would like to see the city of Berkeley clarify their ordinances to protect all children," Jennifer Monahan said.

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