BELFAST — A large industrial hemp growing and processing facility could be up and running on Route 1 by the summer.
Future Farm Maine LLC has applied to the city for a change of use permit at 248 Northport Ave. that would allow the company to propagate and process industrial hemp. The building was previously used by tensioned-fabric canopy maker Moss Inc. and Coastal Farms Food Processing. More recently, it has been home to blueberry processor Midcoast Frozen.
City Planner Wayne Marshall said the type of use proposed by Future Farm is similar enough to other businesses that have occupied the space to bypass a review by the planning board even though it is a relatively large operation and a new industry for Belfast.
“We’re viewing it as being a change of one industrial use to another industrial use,” Marshall said. The matter falls under the jurisdiction of the city’s code enforcement officer.
Future Farm Maine, a subsidiary of Canada-based Future Farm Technologies, signed a two-year lease for 12,960 square feet in a 60,000-square-foot building in Maine, with an option