What’s moving in when the Petaluma Seed Bank moves out of its iconic location on the corner of East Washington Street and Petaluma Boulevard next month?
The bank building’s new tenants have the same question.
CannaCraft co-founder Ned Fussell has signed a five-year lease with the building’s owners, without any real plans for what to do with it, partner Nick Papadopoulos said.
“We’re in this really neat period of time where we’re listening to the community,” said Papadopoulos, who co-founded CropMobster, a social media platform for the agricultural community, and is helping with outreach for Fussell’s latest venture. “Over the next few months, we’re welcoming any input from partners who might be interested. … We’d love to come up with a concept to do something great for the community of Petaluma, to draw more business to town. We sort of took a big leap.”
Considering Fussell’s background as a founder of Sonoma County’s largest cannabis manufacturer, the idea of opening a dispensary in the space is of interest, Papadopoulos said. But with Petaluma’s decision against allowing any cannabis business downtown, that’s not possible — for now.
In 2016, 64 percent of Petalumans voted to legalize recreational cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. Yet the city restricts cannabis businesses to delivery-only dispensaries and those manufacturing edibles and topicals. Also restricted is