Norfolk County has finalized the sale of 6.4 acres of municipal land in the Judd Industrial Park (Simcoe) to BHS Greenhouses Ltd. for the development of a federally licensed medical cannabis production facility.
Earlier this year BHS Greenhouses acquired the lands and greenhouse facility of The Local Vegetable Company located at 92 Luscombe Drive in Simcoe. At that time BHS outlined their short and medium term development plans to Norfolk County and expressed the desire to acquire the municipally-owned lands that were bordering and abutting the property. The purchase of the land will allow the company to build a 250,000 square-foot production facility and facilitate the company’s expansion plans.
“We welcome the development plans of BHS Greenhouses and look forward to the more than 100 new jobs that will be created,” said Clark Hoskin, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for Norfolk County.
BHS is a locally owned business with principal shareholder Anthony (Joel) Capin at the helm. The company is actively working through its permits to have the first phase of the facility up and running before the end of 2019.
“The location of the facility has met the minimum 300-meter setback required for a cannabis operation in the Norfolk County Zoning By-Law,” said Pam Duesling, General Manager of Development and Cultural Services. “Additionally BHS has entered into a site plan agreement which identifies buffering and odour-control mechanisms.”
“I am very excited about this project,” said purchaser Joel Capin. “Very early in the new year we will be looking for construction workers, and then very shortly thereafter we will be hiring for production workers.”
Norfolk County owns approximately 30 acres of land in the Judd Industrial Park which is actively promoted for sale.