Waltham, MA – Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting, construction management and design-build firm based in Waltham, has announced that it completed the build-out of GreenStar Herbals’ first recreational cannabis dispensary. The 13,000sf shop, located at 76 Pleasant St. in Dracut, opened on Oct. 5.
Located in a historic mill building, GreenStar is the first recreational dispensary in Dracut and the first of three GreenStar plans to open, with shops in Chelsea and Maynard following later this year.
Vantage worked closely with Caveney Architectural Collaborative on the project. Customers are welcomed in a secure reception area for check-in. The retail area has a large space for customers to browse products and two relaxing seating sections, one featuring a fireplace. There is new millwork throughout, most notably in the point of sales counters and display cases. Numerous plants, striking artwork from Maynard ArtSpace and abundant natural lighting create a very warm atmosphere.
A consultation area provides GreenStar a more discrete space for customer conversations and education. For GreenStar employees there are two small offices for administrative work, a break room and a locker area. The project included new electrical and HVAC systems, to ensure the proper care and storage of GreenStar’s products.
GreenStar’s dispensary is located on the fourth floor of the former manufacturing facility, in a space that had been long unoccupied. The Vantage project team took care to retain as much of the structure’s historic character as possible. The building envelope was fully restored, utilizing existing brick, and the 100-year-old hardwood floors were reconditioned to a beautiful finish. The result creates an interesting contrast between the historic brick building’s aesthetic and the modern flourishes of the high-end retail location. Vantage added new entrances to the parking area, as well as an ADA-compliant ramp.