A newly proposed recreational-medical marijuana business may take over the space of longtime Jamaica Plain business, AAA Appliances, which has been at its current location since around 1970. The owner of AAA Appliances, Eleonore Grassa, is also the owner of the 767-773 Centre St. block, and has signed a letter of intent with Giving Tree Health Center, said Brian Bairos, Giving Tree's board president, director, CEP and head of cultivation. An employee at AAA Appliances said that the business is not closing, and that it would either relocate to another Jamaica Plain location or possibly West Roxbury. AAA Appliances has been in Jamaica Plain for around 60 years, first in Hyde Square and in its current location since the 1970s.
Earlier this week, a recreational marijuana company, Core Empowerment, gained approval by Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, bringing it one step closer to opening in Jamaica Plain. The next step is for Core Empowerment to appear in front of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to get a license to open. Co-owner Tomas Gonzalez said no date has been set for a CCC meeting. Core has also signed a lease to go into a long-vacant basement level commercial space in Hyde Square. And for the most part there hasn’t been much reefer madness about a recreational marijuana company opening in Jamaica Plain.
The city recently signed host agreements with five recreational marijuana companies, including Core Empowerment, which plans on opening a 6,000-plus sq. ft. commercial business on Centre Street. Tomas Gonzalez, one of the co-owners of Core Empowerment, answered Jamaica Plain News' questions about parking, when the business plans on opening, security, the company's Good Neighbor Agreement and local organizations Core Empowerment will be supporting with donations. Q: What stage is Core Empowerment in the application process for opening a recreational marijuana dispensary in Jamaica Plain?
A recreational marijuana company with an empowerment philosophy has proposed opening a dispensary/social justice museum in the long vacant old Milky Way space on Centre Street. "Core Empowerment intends to open the city of Boston's first high quality retail cannabis establishment and social justice museum/education center," said Tomas Gonzalez, one of the four owners of Core Empowerment, LLC to Jamaica Plain News via email. Gonzalez grew up in Jamaica Plain, previously ran for Boston City Council and was recently the deputy director for the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. He currently lives in Hyde Park. Gonzalez said the business would be in the lower level of 401A Centre St.