After deciding not to oust a struggling arts business in The Port, a recreational cannabis entrepreneur thought she had a good fallback location – a storefront in North Cambridge being vacated by a small grocer. The grocer, however, has no plans to leave, and in fact had just this year expanded.
Past debates over setting “linkage” fees for commercial development have divided the City Council into factions who want to push the limits and those who fear scaring off the builders who pay those fees. These was no hint of division as councillors talked about a 66 percent increase.
Michael Monestime, who led Central Square into forming a business improvement district, faced down the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and created the Starlight Square complex, is leaving as executive director, but will join its board of directors starting Jan. 1.
No recreational cannabis shops have managed to open in Cambridge since 69 percent of city voters approved recreational marijuana as part of a November 2016 statewide ballot question, but now smaller and minority or women entrepreneurs have more time to sell ahead of big dispensaries.