Lawrence officials sell planned marijuana grow site
IRONTON — The Lawrence Economic Development Corp. has sold 8.43 acres to Harvest Grow Properties for a state-licensed marijuana grow operation off County Road 1A in Hamilton Township for $150,000, according to property transfer records at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
Harvest Grow is one of a dozen large growers licensed to participate in Ohio’s medical marijuana program that was approved by voters.
A building to house the medical marijuana grow process is under construction. The building will be climate controlled, said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corp.
“It will be a clean, sterile facility,” Dingus said.
The state was initially expected to have the medical marijuana program underway in September but hasn’t gotten started yet.
The site will initially bring in about 30 jobs, but that number could grow to about 100, Dingus said Friday.
“They’re taking applications right now at the One Stop Center in Ironton,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Pure Cycle also is in the process of hiring employees for a feedstock evaluation unit in the Hanging Rock area, Dingus said.
The company initially will hire 16 people, but the site could hire a total of 75 when a $200 million project is completed late next year or in early 2020, Dingus said.
“Good things are happening in the area,” Dingus said.
The Lawrence Economic Development Corp. also sold two parcels along Center Street near South 6th Street to the Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization for $199,000, according to property transfer records.
The transfer will provide two rental housing units to help replace several of the units the Community Action Organization lost as part of construction of a new hotel along South 9th Street. Site work has been completed on the site and construction is expected to be underway early in 2019, according to Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Community Action Organization.