South River approves two cannabis manufacturing businesses

SOUTH RIVER - Another cannabis business may be coming to the borough.

The borough's Zoning Board of Adjustment approved two cannabis manufacturers and processors to operate in a vacant warehouse at 141-143 Russell Ave. Disposable Thickened Coffee Cups

South River approves two cannabis manufacturing businesses

Use variances were required because manufacturing is not a permitted use in the R-75 zone.

South River resident Tara "Misu" Sargente, owner of Blazin Bakery, the first legal, woman-owned marijuana edibles company in New Jersey, was approved to open a state-licensed cannabis manufacturing facility in the Russell Avenue warehouse.

Sargente, who also owns Green Alchemy, sought a use variance to run a 4,094-square-foot manufacturing facility in the warehouse.

A use variance also was approved for Cedar Fairmont Health Cultivators, of East Brunswick, to operate a cannabis manufacturing facility at the site.

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An application for another cannabis manufacturing facility has been submitted to the borough by Carlos A. Erba for a property at 190 William St. owned by W./S.C. LLC of Sayreville. That application is scheduled to be heard by the borough Planning Board on May 16.

In October, Noble 1 was approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment to grow cannabis at 1 Martin Ave., the former site of Ecko Unlimited.

Borough officials applauded the project, saying it would bring much-needed revenue into the borough coffers.

"This is going to help the taxpayers," Councilman Peter Guindi previously said. "We project it will bring about $500,000 a year to the borough. We would be foolish as a mayor and council to say no to something that can help this town in a dramatic way. We talk about how we're going to be business-friendly, here's business-friendly. The faster we bring in businesses, the faster it will help the town, residents, other businesses and our infrastructure."

The new approvals come as the Borough Council approved a referendum that will ask voters in November whether they want businesses that sell marijuana for adult recreational use to operate in the borough.

South River approves two cannabis manufacturing businesses

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