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“It’s kind of ironic that the police department training facility that used to be anti-marijuana may turn into a marijuana grow business.”

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Sam Riches Evergrow LLC has offered $ 500,000 to purchase the building and plans to convert it into a commercial cannabis grow.  /. Evergrow LLC has offered $ 500,000 to purchase the building and plans to convert it into a commercial cannabis grow. /. Photo by Blair Gable / Reuters Files

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It has been more than a decade since the last class of aspiring police officers graduated from the Flint Police Training Academy.

The graffiti-clad building has fallen into disrepair, but an enterprising cannabis company is hoping to rebuild the space for an entirely different purpose.

Evergrow LLC has offered $ 500,000 ($ 615,000) to purchase the building and plans to convert it into a commercial cannabis grow, according to the Associated Press.

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The half-million-dollar offer for the 4.4-acre property is significantly higher than the other offer on the table of $ 20,000, according to planning director Suzanne Wilcox.

According to MLive.com, the purchase agreement was signed according to Wilcox, but requires approval from the city council. “This is a fair and valid offer,” said Wilcox.

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Nevertheless, the council has suspended the sale of the property as the proposal is being examined.

“It’s kind of ironic that the police department training facility that used to be anti-marijuana may turn into a marijuana grow business,” said Santino Guerra, councilor for Flint.

If the proposal is successful, Evergrow must obtain site plan approval from the Flint Planning Commission as well as approval from the city. In addition, the company must obtain the necessary licenses and permits to operate a cannabis facility.

Franko Sallaku, managing partner of Evergrow, said the plan has always been to act as soon as possible. The company hopes to close the sale within 30 days for construction to begin.

“Flint seemed like a good city to start this type of business,” Sallaku told MLive.com. The property “has been abandoned for a while.”

Sallaku added that Evergrow could become a commercial supplier to cannabis retailers in Flint and the rest of Michigan.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Michigan since 2008, while recreational item sales began in December 2019.

In 2020, the state sold nearly a billion dollars worth of cannabis products.

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