Newark, New Jersey’s Central Planning Board on Tuesday approved plans by Architect Rachael Grochowski and Hashstoria to renovate a historical building in the city – the former home of engineering firm A.R. Meeker & Co and Stoutenburgh & Co. Newark Clothiers – for a cannabis consumption lounge.
Hashstoria is co-founded by Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers, and radio, tv personality, and mental health advocate Charlamagne tha God. Hashstoria currently has locations in Astoria, Gladstone, and Springfield, Oregon.
The building, located at 799-805 Board Street, dates back to 1839 and is in Newark’s Four Corners Historic District and has undergone several modernizations throughout the years. revival. The Landmark and Historic Preservation Commission greenlit the plans to renovate the facade of the building in February.
In a statement, Grochowski, of RHG Architecture + Design, said the project “represents an exciting opportunity to merge history, community, and innovation.”
New Jersey passed a bill in December 2022 to allow cannabis consumption lounges but has not yet developed regulations or issued licenses and there are currently no lounges operational in the state. (Full Story)