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Waltham city councilors to discuss medical marijuana, Banks School zoning tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 8, 2013 03:10 PM

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Waltham city councilors will discuss potentially enacting a moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers coming to Waltham for a year while city officials investigate more on the issue and make necessary changes to zoning laws.

Councilors will most likely assign the marijuana issue to committee, which means it will be brought up next Monday at the regularly-scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting, according to Waltham Town Clerk's office.

However, tonight's agenda item is classified as a public hearing and thus gives residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the medical marijuana issue.

City Council will also discuss changing the zoning of the Banks School on South Street to allow for housing to be built there. Currently, the city is spending a total of $4.5 million to construct 24 condominium units inside the vacant school, which will be sold to senior citizens aged 62 and up once completed.

City officials are also planning to set aside some condo units to be sold at below market rates, which would add to the city's stock of affordable units.

Officials hope to break even or profit on the investment when it comes time to sell the units.

The parcel containing the school is about 64,000 square feet, according to city bylaws.

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