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 A medical marijuana facility is slated for the building at 21260 W. Eight Mile Road.

A medical marijuana facility is slated for the building at 21260 W. Eight Mile Road.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield City Council OKs two medical marijuana facilities

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020

 Another medical marijuana facility is planned for an industrial building at 21680 W. Eight Mile.

Another medical marijuana facility is planned for an industrial building at 21680 W. Eight Mile.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council recently unanimously approved the placement of two new medical marijuana facilities.

At its June 22 meeting, the council authorized the facilities, one at 21680 W. Eight Mile Road and the other at 21260 W. Eight Mile Road.

The former is a request from NTK Investments LLC on behalf of the owner, Stanley Targosz, to convert the existing industrial building into a medical marijuana growing and processing facility.

Norman Koza, of NTK Investments in Sterling Heights, said the property will be used solely for growing and processing medical marijuana, and it will not be used for retail or as a dispensary.

“You can’t walk up and purchase something from our location. That’s not how it works,” Koza said.

A 9 a.m.-5 p.m. operation, Koza said, the facility will employ a staff of around 30 people.

During the public hearing prior to approval, resident Pamela Gerald expressed her concern over the placement of the facility and the smell it could emit.

“This is right along where the gentlemen’s clubs are. You have so many of these facilities that when you drive down Eight Mile, whatever clothes you have on you better have some Febreze, because the smell is in your clothes,” Gerald said.

Koza said the facility will be heavily regulated.

“We are going to have filters throughout the facility that are mandatory to the state of Michigan to ensure everything in the building is filtered and we have clean air coming out,” he said.

The second request, from SOVA Group Properties, was also to convert an existing industrial building into a medical marijuana growing and processing facility.

Matt Brice, of SOVA Group, said the special land use was requested by the group that owns the building, which is currently an envelope supplier.

Brice said the owners of the building will relocate to another building in Southfield.

“Some benefits for this is an increased tax base and added employment. The operations manager is planning to relocate to Southfield and buy a home here,” Brice said. “We do intend to invest heavily in nonprofits to benefit the local community. We’ve got veterans tied to this business, and we promote that, and we’ll be contributing to the art fund.”

In response to the issue of smell, Brice said the facility will do everything to comply with state regulations.

“If any instances become problematic, you run the risk of losing the license,” he said. “We’ll be very, very focused on retaining very strict conformance to the state’s regulations.”

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