New Cannabis Park Under Development In New Jersey

Hance Construction Development in Sussex County Exclusively for Cannabis Facility Sites Featuring Lower Operational Costs

Savvy commercial business owners know very well that finding a suitable commercial facility site in New Jersey is challenging and competitive in a built market with increasingly inflated land prices. 

But experienced cannabis business owners—including multi-state operators— know that finding a cannabis-ready facility is significantly more challenging, especially in New Jersey, as not every municipality has opened its doors to allow cannabis-related business operations within its borders. 

Art Hance, President of Hance Construction and community business leader in the Tri-State cannabis industry space, brings his years of experience in cannabis construction to assist cannabis business owners in New Jersey get over the major hurdle of securing a qualified facility site, especially one that can offer lower operational costs.

Maybe you are the owner of a cannabis business currently applying for a license in New Jersey, or perhaps you already have a license and are looking for a long-term competitive expansion plan. In either case, you have some options, and you have an experienced cannabis builder at your service.

Read on to discover the benefits of securing a facility site at the new cannabis-ready industrial park being developed by Hance Construction for cannabis licensees in New Jersey.


The Challenges of Cannabis Site Selection

Cannabis construction has its own set of rules, regulations, and considerations that are much different than traditional commercial warehouses or manufacturing facilities.

“We continue to see people making poor choices regarding site selection,” says Hance, “not because they aren’t smart or experienced, but because there are simply so many requirements involved that make a site appropriate for operating a grow facility, along with the unique challenges with getting sites approved in New Jersey.”

Some licensees think they’ve identified a good site in a town that allows them to grow cannabis, not realizing that the site might not be able to support the impact of the operation, whether due to availability of adequate electric, water, sewer, or other considerations such as the environmental approvals required on many NJ sites.

Sometimes cannabis business owners launching in New Jersey don’t realize that “these requirements drive the need for some really long-lead permitting processes—up to five years in some cases,” says Hance.

This is where a pre-developed site exclusively for cannabis operations can give a jump start for experienced owners ready to build in New Jersey.


An Illustration of Requirements: Commercial Warehouse vs. Cannabis Cultivation Facility

New Jersey regulations involve five tiers of cannabis facility sizes, from 2,500 SF to 240,000 SF. 

To compare the needs of a cannabis cultivation facility versus a typical commercial warehouse in New Jersey, we’ll take an average-sized 70,000 SF building as an example.

A typical commercial warehouse could require 1200 amps of electricity. The same sized cannabis facility can draw 5-6 times that amount because of the lighting and cooling loads inherent in commercial cultivation.

Water usage is a critical component as well. The warehouse would need less than 2,000 gallons daily, while the cannabis facility could use 10,000 gallons for sanitary, fertigation and clean up demand.

Sewer capacity, which is based on water usage, would typically be less than 2,000 gallons which can be permitted locally.  The same sized cannabis facility requires treatment of the 10,000 gallons it uses. This requires state permits with the Department of Environmental Protection.

You’re allowed a septic system for a cannabis facility. However, if you require more than 2000 gallons per day for that septic system, you’ll need a New Jersey treatment works permit, which can take about a year to obtain.

But to get a treatment works permit, the property must already be listed on the Sewer Service Map.

And for a property to be listed, it can take four years to be issued.

And these permits must be in place to apply for local planning board approval!

Hance Construction is working to address these hurdles with a unique approach. While most people looking for sites have concentrated on towns that “Opted In,” Hance Construction approaches towns who were forced to opt out due to the lack of clear regulations at the time.

By showing towns how they would benefit from a cannabis operation, and what to plan for in a cannabis ordinance to protect the town’s interest, governing bodies are reconsidering the decision to opt out.

This approach has led to the opportunity to develop this unique site in Sussex County NJ.


New “Turnkey” Cannabis Business Park Offers Cost Savings

Hance Construction has taken the initiative to create a viable solution for cannabis licensees by developing a cannabis park in Sussex County NJ—to solve many expensive baseline requirements with long lead-times that are needed to get a cannabis facility going right away.

“Our hope is to help cannabis licensees cut through the red tape and secure a favorable facility site” says Hance. “Our sites in Sussex County can be approved for various size operations and support all facets of cannabis licenses, except dispensary, to respect the town’s wishes”.

Sussex County offers major highway access to the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania markets which broadens the base of available work force to cannabis owners ready to launch.

The new cannabis park, located on a former quarry, is a 37-acre sub-dividable development features the basic utilities instrumental to a cannabis operation. 

The park offers adequate sewer capacity in place for cannabis cultivation—saving 3-5 years permitting—as well as adequate water capacity for cultivation via on-site well or available public water.

Natural gas is available, as is an electric transmission line which allows electric to be sourced at transmission rates for a significant reduction in electric costs.

Both property cost and taxes are lower, further reducing operating costs.

And, along with the other unique benefits of this site, it has an updated NJDEP LOI (Letter of Interpretation delineating wetlands) in place, saving an additional 8-12 months in the permitting process.
“I have reviewed sites all over the state, sometimes with multiple applicants,” says Hance. “This site stands out, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to develop it.

And experienced cannabis business owners know this, too—it’s an amazing piece of property, and the owners who have their ducks in a row are going to jump on this,” he says, adding, “We announced the property on a Friday, and we got a call about it Monday.”


Don’t Lose Your Chance to Own the Perfect Cannabis Facility Site in New Jersey

A limited number of sites are available at the new cannabis park in Sussex County.

Contact the cannabis construction team at Hance Construction at (908) 835-3501 to tell us about your specific needs, so you can start building your new cannabis facility in New Jersey!