Pete Dal Bello at the proposed medical marijuana dispensary.
Milpas Neighbors Worry About Increases in Crime and Traffic
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Serious opposition has emerged against a new medical marijuana dispensary approved for lower Milpas Street, with neighboring residents and merchants fretting over the traffic and crime they say will spike when the location opens in coming months. “The Eastside has been a dumping ground for decades,” complained Pete Dal Bello, whose family owns a home and two businesses near the 118 North Milpas Street storefront. “The city is only looking at the dispensary as tax revenue, not at the effect it will have on the neighborhood.” Three dispensaries are permitted within the city; one other was approved for Ontare Plaza in San Roque, which is also receiving significant pushback.
Dal Bello filed an appeal this week with the city’s Planning Commission, which will hear the matter March 17. At least 18 other neighbors have echoed similar concerns, as well as Sharon Byrne, director of the Milpas Community Association. Byrne stated during the January…