The police academy is to be transformed right into a hashish cultivation operation, officers hope

Police cadets are nowhere to be seen, but a former police academy could soon be filled with flowering cannabis plants ready for the Michigan market.

Flint, Michigan city officials intend to sell the long shuttered Flint Police Training Academy for half a million dollars to a company that will convert it into a commercial cannabis cultivation facility. Yes, this is the same Flint that has been plagued by financial and notorious troubles Drinking water crisis.

Evergrow LLC would buy the property for $ 500,000. The property sellers received only two offers: $ 500,000 from Evergrow or another company offering $ 20,000 – the decision was easy.

However, Flint City Council postponed any action related to property sales during a recent meeting after the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) asked to continue the sale to Evergrow LLC.

“We believe that our land has value and we want to achieve maximum value for this type of property,” says DPD Director Suzanne Wilcox told MLive. “We made this purchase agreement, (but) it obviously requires the approval of the city council … This is a fair and valid offer.”

The building has been vacant since 2010 when the last class of the Police Academy to train there graduated.

“It’s kind of ironic that the training facility for the police department that used to oppose marijuana may become a marijuana grow business,” said Santino Guerra, councilor for the 3rd district.

In addition, to be compliant, Evergrow would need to obtain a license and Flint Planning Commission approval for a site plan, and the company would need to get its building plans approved by the city. Evergrow is also required to submit all required permits, pay fees, pass inspections, and obtain a certificate of occupancy, to name a few requirements.

The property is properly zoned for a cannabis operation of this type, officials said.

During the pandemic Cannabis surgeries were considered essentialand helping industry stay afloat while others failed. This potential building conversion adds to the importance of cannabis in the region.

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