Largest Oregon Indoor Grow Underway

The 115,000-square-foot project is expected to generate a minimum of $1.5 million in revenue.

By Ariela Moraru

1411 Heather St., Forest Grove
1411 Heather St., Forest Grove

Portland, Ore.—mCig Inc’s Grow Contractors, a company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp and CBD markets, has been selected for the construction of the first large scale indoor grow facility in Forest Grove, Ore., totalling 115,000 square feet. The company aims to begin construction of the first permitted phase of 50,000 square feet within 60 days, estimating it will take four months to complete the development. The project is expected to generate a minimum $1.5 million in revenue, but could exceed $1.9 million with add-ons.

“In Oregon, state law requires that you complete the build out before obtaining a license. This does not change our business model and all growers are almost certainly assured a license by complying with clearly written state building requirements,” said Rob Kressa, CEO of Grow Contractors, in prepared remarks.

“We tracked Rob for almost a year, he was very patient and professional in dealing with us as we went through the process of forming our group and getting off the ground. When we were ready, we signed him in a week because we knew his team was the best,” said Yan Yanpolsky of Progressive Property Management in a prepared statement.

According to an article published by the Pamplin Media Group, the Forest Grove Planning Commission approved conditional-use permits for two new indoor marijuana growing facilities in October 2017. The application for the first one was submitted by Progressive Property Management for 1411 Heather St., where a variety of businesses used to be located, including Tektronix. The building is about 350 feet from Corwin’s neighboring housing development and a little over a mile from Neil Armstrong Middle School.

The other site is a vacant lot off Elm Street near Pro Build Lumber and Sake One. Cold Frame LLC applied for the permit. Planning Commission Chair Tom Beck said the zoning at each site—light industrial and general industrial, respectively—allows grow operations.

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