Marijuana Grow Could Sprout In A Battle Ground Building

WASHINGTON:  A Battle Ground developer has filed an application to build what could become one of the county’s first legal marijuana grow operations.

Dennis Pavlina, principal of the Gold Medal Group and developer of Battle Ground Village, filed paperwork on behalf of an outside brokerage group to develop an 18,000-square-foot building at 1618 S.E. Commerce Ave. The 1.02-acre property, which Pavlina owns, is zoned light industrial and appears to meet the state’s requirements for growing marijuana, approved by voters in 2012.

No deal is in place, Pavlina said, as the currently unnamed ownership group is awaiting approval from the Washington Liquor Control Board. Pavlina said he plans to sell the land if the state signs off on the group’s application.

“Right now, I’m just getting land approved for this use,” Pavlina said.

The newfound interest in the property came as a surprise to Pavlina, who said he didn’t know it was possible to build a marijuana facility there until he received interest from the group. It would become the first parcel of land Pavlina has sold in roughly a decade, he said.