Framingham Mayor To Negotiate Host Agreement For Marijuana At Eastleigh Farm

FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is inviting Commonwealth Farm 1761, Inc. to begin negotiations for a host community agreement for a marijuana cultivation agreement at Eastleigh Farm on Edmands Road.

In January Commonwealth Farm 1761, held a community meeting on its proposal.

Since then, Commonwealth Farm 1761, has been meeting with the City’s Marijuana Task Force, headed up by City of Framingham Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III.

That task force unanimously voted on May 1 for the Mayor begin negotiations for a host agreement.

The Mayor sent a letter to Commonwealth Farm 1761 CEO Jonathan Tucker on May 15.

The host community agreement will include:

  • Framingham Planning Board’s approval of a site plan showing the
    required setbacks.
  • Payment of any and all real estate taxes and water and sewer charges due the City of Framingham.

Eastleigh Farm owner Doug Stephan plans to lease 12 acres of his 112-acre historic farm in Framingham to a Commonwealth Farm 1761, which would grow and package marijuana in a secure, indoor facility to be constructed on site.

Stephan, who had previously filed a subdivision plan with the city for development of the farm, told a standing room only crowd at a 90-minute January 7 meeting, “this is probably the best scenario I could possibly hope for” to save the farm.

The proposal to save the farm calls for Stephan to lease a dozen acres of the 112-acre site to Commonwealth Farm 1761 for 99 years. The cost of the lease was not disclosed, and it has not been signed yet.

Commonwealth Farm would then seek local and state approvals to construct and operate a marijuana cultivation and packaging facility in District 3 of the City.

The location of the indoor facility would be about 1,200 to 1,300 feet from the Edmands Road entrance of the farm property, and about 1,400 feet from the Pheasant Hill neighborhood.

The newly-constructed facility would be nestled in the middle of the historic farm property, with fencing and high security, said Becca Rutenberg, director of strategic affairs in Massachusetts for Vicente Sederberg, a national law firm that represents cannabis endeavors.

Rutemberg told the audience of abutters and mostly resident of Framingham, that the building would be constructed to blend in with the agricultural style of the area.

She described security measures between that of a “casino and a nuclear power plant.”

“Members of the public would not be allowed within the facility, ” she said, adding that staff access would be monitored.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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