RICHMOND (KPIX) – A state-of-the-art pot manufacturing facility is innovating in East Bay. A developer has started construction of a cannabis mega-campus on the North Shore of Richmond, just off the Richmond Parkway.
As he paced the windswept terrain, with sweeping views of Mount Tamalpais in the distance, Richard Treiber found it hard to believe his dream was coming true.
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“It was a vision I had four and a half years ago, which has now come true,” he said.
Trieber is building Power Plant Park, a 19-acre start-to-finish facility for the production and sale of cannabis. The ground has been leveled on the first phase of the project and is ready for the start of construction. When completed, it will contain 45 large greenhouses and other state-of-the-art buildings to include all aspects of the business.
“In our case, we have the capacity, from seed to shelf, to manage the entire process of growing, processing, manufacturing, packaging, branding, labeling, then distribution, retail and wholesale distribution, ”Trieber said.
The product will be retailed through a drive-thru pickup line, for orders placed online. Otherwise, the entire campus will be closed except for those who work there.
Trieber came up with a unique way to get funding. He sells individual greenhouses to investors. They own the buildings and can either cultivate their own or act as the owner, leasing it to Trieber to use for his own production. He said he had already sold 28 units, raising $ 14 million.
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“The momentum has been pretty good,” Trieber said. “And as we sell more units, we find more and more people interested in buying more units.”
Andrew Butt, the architect for the project, said it’s always difficult to build anything when it’s right by the bay.
“The real challenge has been to tick all the boxes until you come out in the ground and build the buildings,” he said. “Building the buildings is the easy part. “
It was not at all easy. The project was stalled due to lack of funding on more than one occasion. Now the first greenhouses could be ready as early as February, with the entire project completed in about a year, assuming funding continues.
But Trieber can’t stop thinking about the first time he saw the property.
“And I blinked and for a second I saw this park, lighted up in my mind,” he said, “you know, a campus, a park, like Yosemite.”
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Okay, maybe he’s a dreamer but it’s a dream come true.