Weed fight: Two dispensaries race for unusual spot near Union Station apartments

If you live in the new apartment blocks near Union Station, the odds are good that you’ll have a marijuana dispensary for a neighbor soon.

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The last cottage on Division Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The last cottage on Division Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If you live in the new apartment blocks near Union Station, the odds are good that you’ll have a marijuana dispensary for a neighbor soon. The question is: Which one?

Earlier this year, Native Roots filed plans to gut and remodel 1905 Division St., a little old brick house tucked away among the apartments near Union Station. Built in 1890, it was occupied by a family — fascinating backstory here — until it sold last year for a cool $1.4 million.

Plans filed for a Native Roots project at 1905 Division Street. (Powers Brown Architecture/City of Denver)

Plans filed for a Native Roots project at 1905 Division St. (Powers Brown Architecture/City of Denver)

Unfortunately for Native Roots, competitor The Green Solution may be first to the punch. TGS applied late in 2015 to build a brand new facility on a parking lot next to the historic house, at 1995 Wewatta Street, according to city staff. (More from BusinessDen on that.)

Denver’s rules wouldn’t allow the two dispensaries to operate within 1,000 feet of one another, and preference generally would go to The Green Solution because they applied first. That’s why the city rejected Native Roots’ request for a marijuana license for that location.

Still, it’s not a done deal. TGS has not yet had its marijuana license approved for the site. Meanwhile, Native Roots is appealing its rejection.

It’s unclear what will happen to the little brick house if Native Roots doesn’t move in. It’s owned by a Vail-based property company that has never, ever returned my calls. Neither did TGS or Native Roots. It’s fine, guys. I’ll just be over here with my public records.

A Division Street cottage next to King Soopers in ballpark. March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A Division Street cottage next to King Soopers. March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)