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Engineer Brent White, of White Engineering, provided an overview of the project to the Community Development Board on Monday.

Outdoor Marijuana Grow Moves One Step Further In Pittsfield Permitting

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — EOS Farms LLC. is one step closer toward creating a large outdoor grow operation for marijuana products.
 
The company, headed by Suehiko Ono, is planning to lease 12 acres of farmland near 973 Barker Road to grow the plant. The company has already received local permits to transform the former Royal Cleaners on Tyler Street into a marijuana retailer and manufacturing operation. The growing will provide the product to that operation.
 
EOS received a blessing from the Community Development Board Monday night for the operations. According to Engineer Brent White, the location is already mostly hidden from public view and will be using the existing tree lines to shield the operation from view.
 
In total, the company plans to grow up to 100,000 square feet of marijuana canopy, amounting to about two acres of use in total.
 
"We are really trying to space it out," White said of the growth plans.
 
The company is in partnership with the local farm owners Ann Archey and David Halley, who attended Monday's meeting in support, in the business. 
 
White said the Christmas tree farm on the property will be untouched. The farm road will be expanded to 12 feet and two fields on the property will be used for the various plants.
 
"It is very low-impact use," White said.v"It is an existing farm field, it will remain a farm field."
 
White said one building will be construction but the property for the operation but the property won't be lit other than a light at the gate for security. The area of the operation will be completely fenced in per regulations by the state.
 
The company did have a meeting with neighbors and White said the biggest concern is with odor. He said the operation produces less odor than an indoor grow because the exhaust isn't being pumped out through one area all at once.
 
However, he said the operation is designed so that odor that is emanated more than likely drifts away from neighborhoods and over a nearby pond.
 
"That's something we are very cognizant of," Ono added. "The hope is to approach that in the most reasonable way."
 
The company still need a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. If approved there, both operations - at Royal Cleaners and Barker Road - will be submitted to the state for permitting there. 
 
Ono said he hopes to have state permits in place fairly quickly and start working on properties before the winter.
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 18-24

The 15th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 20. The Dayramir Gonzalez Quartet will perform at Berkshire Museum on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a wine bar that opens at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., The Colonial Theatre will host legendary vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and her daughter, Veronica Swift, in a rare pairing. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will open.
 
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Follow the yellow brick road to A Night in Emerald City and help Berkshire County Kids' Place raise critical funds. Enjoy dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and more, at the Country Club of Pittsfield. 5-8:30 p.m.
Plus... 
FRI MAD Crew Halloween Bash at The A | FRI The Equalites at The Colonial | FRI Story Slam (In a Slump) at Dottie's | FRI Andy Kelly at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Pediatric Development Center Fundraiser w/Whiskey City at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Spanish Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Sky Full of Dippers at Hotel on North | FRI Jay Boland at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese and Trees at Bousquet | SAT Generation X Rock at The A | SAT Lyndsay Anne at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Django's Reserve at Mission | SAT Desserts & Live Music w/Hannah Bourdon at Dottie's | SUN Eagles Small Ensembles Concert at First United Methodist | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow THU Comedian Gus Constantellis at The Colonial THU Haunted Hancock at Hancock Shaker Village THU Arrowhead After Dark | THU Throwback Thursday at Uncorked | THU Jim Witherell at Proprietor's Lodge | THU The Picky B's at Mission
 
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