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New Kensington loses out on new round of marijuana grow licenses

August 4, 2018
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Schreiber Industrial Park along the Allegheny River in Arnold and New Kensington, photographed Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, once was the site of Alcoa's New Kensington Works, from 1891-1971. Amazon announced recently it was seeking suggestions for potential sites for its second headquarters.

Despite being passed over this round, the New Kensington-based Burrell Group will be ready if additional marijuana growing and processing facilities are licensed in the region, its president and chief executive officer said Tuesday.

Burrell Group made a bid with the cooperation of city officials to offer the service in New Kensington’s Schreiber Industrial Park.

It wasn’t among the three selected in the southwestern corner of the state. Company officials are disappointed.

However they also know that the three companies chosen this time applied for the permit in the first round and lost out, Burrell Group CEO Bob Weil said Tuesday.

Tuesday was the day that the selection announcement was made in Harrisburg.

Urban River Group, a collaborative effort of the Burrell Group and the Booth family, had proposed a 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing facility for New Kensington’s Schreiber Industrial Park.

The plan could generate as many as 150 jobs in the city, the group said in its 600-page proposal submitted to the state, according to the Valley News Dispatch.

Winning in this round “would have done so much good for the people of New Kensington,” Weil said.

The group has been in this area for 80 years and continues to want the best for people, he said.

Weil said 23 of the applications were rejected initially.

The Burrell Group made that cut but wasn’t among the three selected.

New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo didn’t return calls for comment.

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