Article by David Brown, Lift
Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood may be seeing it’s first dispensary soon. S.W.E.D., located at 1429 Robson St, was recently awarded a development permit by the city. This is the final stage of licensing before potentially receiving a Business license.
The city has given eight of these business licenses out so far, and another eleven development permits, but this is the first business seeking a license to be located within Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood near the downtown core. Other business have been located in other parts of Vancouver since the city began their Medical Marijuana Related Use licensing program (MMRU) in 2015.
S.W.E.D. will be located at 1429 Robson St, directly across the street from the Empire Landmark Hotel, right on the edge of Vancouver’s high-end Coal Harbour District. The Empire Landmark, a Vancouver staple built in the early 70’s, is currently under consideration for demolition to make way for a 28 and 30 storey mixed-use building with 223 market residential units above a podium containing 57 social housing units and commercial uses. This S.W.E.D. location would be directly across from this potential new project.
A development permit is not a guarantee of a business license, and the time between being awarded a development permit and a business licenses can be several months, but no businesses awarded a development permit have been removed from the listing thus far. S.W.E.D. was unavailable for comment.
One other business applying under the MMRU is located in the same neighbourhood. Vancity Weed at 610 Robson (#DE419515) currently has a conditional permit, the first in the 3 steps to achieving a business license. Another at 1078 Mainland St, in the upscale Yaletown neighbourhood, is also at the conditional permit stage. Yaletown is another neighbourhood near Vancouver’s downtown core and peninsula.