SCHENECTADY — Plans to convert a former bank building along Eastern Parkway into Schenectady’s second retail cannabis dispensary are on hold after the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday tabled the proposal over a lack of details.
David Nesheiwet, the owner of ReliefLeaf, LLC, is seeking to convert the former Key Bank building at 1610 Eastern Parkway into a dispensary that would operate seven days a week and employ up to seven individuals, according to project plans.
The proposed site sits adjacent to the Market 32 supermarket near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and McClellan Street, a pedestrian-heavy corridor located just a few blocks from Upstate Canna Co., the city’s existing cannabis dispensary located at 1613 Union St. The 2,600-square-foot building is owned by Clark Trading Co., a real estate firm operated by Jerle Golub, the former Price Chopper chairman and current co-chair of Northeast Grocer, according to county property records.
Nesheiwet was awarded an Adult-Use Conditional Cultivator license from the state’s Office of Cannabis Management last year, which gives the former hemp farmer the ability to grow cannabis for up to two years. Newsheiwet operates a cultivation site with his business partner, Nick Healy, in the western portion of Schenectady County.