A historic firehouse in Pennsylvania will quickly grow to be a medical marijuana dispensary, scheduled to open in Harrisburg on June 18 as Harvest of South Central PA. The brand new medicinal marijuana retailer is part of Harvest Well being and Recreation, a vertically built-in cannabis agency based mostly in Tempe, Arizona.

The brand new dispensary location is the previous house of the Camp Curtin Fireplace Station, which was judged to be out of date by the town in 1981. The constructing was then positioned on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations the identical yr. Till March, the previous fireplace station was occupied by the Camp Curtin Bar-B-Que Station, which was in enterprise on the web site for 30 years till it was closed to make room for Harvest of South Central PA. The corporate secured a license to function a medical cannabis dispensary on the location earlier this yr.

Renovation Restores Historic Constructing

Harvest carried out intensive renovations on the constructing to get the location able to open as a medical marijuana dispensary. Historic components of the construction, together with the facade of the fireplace station and a bell tower that was at risk of collapsing, had been preserved through the rehabilitation.

David Morrison, the chief director of the Historic Harrisburg Affiliation, informed native media that he was happy that Harvest had preserved the bell tower. Though the property is a registered historic place, it doesn’t get pleasure from any protections to keep up its authentic character.

“It seems to be like they’re doing a beautiful job,” Morrison mentioned. “It’s nice for the neighborhood. It lifts the neighborhood up.”

He added {that a} new enterprise working within the location is one of the simplest ways to maintain the constructing maintained and in good situation. Positioned in an economically depressed a part of the town, the previous firehouse would possible not be a fascinating web site for a lot of different companies.

Harvest Well being and Recreation Allow Controversary

In April, Harvest Well being and Recreation raised eyebrows among the many cannabis trade and regulators when it introduced that it had secured seven medical marijuana permits in Pennsylvania, permitting it to function as much as 21 dispensaries within the state. Beneath Division of Well being rules, a single firm is prohibited from holding greater than 5 permits permitting the operation of as much as 15 retail retailers. Following the announcement, the well being division requested Harvest to provide data detailing details about the possession of the permits. In response to media experiences, the corporate had created seven totally different corporations with separate possession teams to acquire dispensary licenses in Pennsylvania. Outcomes of the inquiry haven’t but been made public.

A well being division spokeswoman mentioned on Friday that the “matter includes an ongoing authorized course of. As soon as it’s resolved we will present extra info.”