For the previous two years, the Excessive Seas hashish boutique has been a dream within the making.

Large saltwater aquariums in its spacious foyer and showroom lend an oceanic theme to the stylish inside, the place delicate lighting performs off of empty jars and instances meant to deal with hashish flowers and elegantly packaged product.

Orange County actual property investor and developer Rachel Xin, who maintains majority possession within the enterprise, mentioned she noticed chance within the 7,215-square-foot area at 1921 Harbor Blvd., previously occupied by a Barbecues Galore and a coaching fitness center.

“I perceive what piece of property is smart. And I perceive location, location, location, like actual property traders all the time point out,” Xin mentioned in a current interview. “By my search and analysis on the realm and in addition primarily based on the chance zoning for hashish, we secured this piece of property.”

Rachel Xin stands before a 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium at High Seas.

Rachel Xin stands earlier than a 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium put in on the still-shuttered Excessive Seas hashish boutique.

(Don Leach / Employees Photographer)

To make the enterprise occur, Xin teamed up with Michael Moussalli and Matteo Tabib, co-founders of Se7enLeaf, a licensed producer, processor and distributor of hashish merchandise already doing authorized enterprise in Costa Mesa below Measure X, handed in 2016.

Collectively, the trio launched into a journey with the town’s planning division to make Excessive Seas a actuality, submitting an software in August 2021.

They sailed via the pre-application course of, obtained a enterprise license and have been granted a use allow by the Costa Mesa Planning Fee, after submitting safety, parking and visitors plans. They secured a state retailer license and bought a constructing inspector to log out on $4.5 million in renovations on the website.

By Sept. 26, the dispensary was prepared for enterprise. The ultimate leg of the journey concerned securing a hashish enterprise allow (CBP) from the town.

“It ought to have taken a day or two,” Xin recalled. “Every thing the town required we submitted.”

As a substitute, all they bought was radio silence.

Rachel Xin stands with rows and shelves of empty containers of no product.

Rachel Xin stands with rows and cabinets of empty containers of no product at her Excessive Seas hashish boutique in Costa Mesa.

(Don Leach / Employees Photographer)

Regardless of a number of calls, texts and emails to metropolis employees, Xin mentioned she obtained no communication about what was holding up issuance of the allow.

She, Moussali and Tabib had employed workers, begun advertising Excessive Seas on social media and have been every day fielding questions on a gap. The pressures, and prices, have been mounting with every passing day.

After an funding of almost $10 million, Xin estimates the enterprise is shedding about $111,000 every month it stays shuttered, together with the fee of partial wages to retain workers.

Their arms tied, the enterprise companions on Oct. 18 filed a petition in Orange County Superior Courtroom asking a decide to compel the town to challenge the excellent allow.

The High Seas Cannabis Boutique in Costa Mesa was ready to open in September but has been held up by city staff.

House owners of Excessive Seas hashish boutique in Costa Mesa spent $4.5 million renovating an outdated constructing at 1921 Harbor Blvd. The enterprise has not been allowed to open as a result of an excellent closing allow.

(Don Leach / Employees Photographer)

“The town has primarily left Excessive Seas’ software for a CBP in administrative limbo, as the town has not denied Excessive Seas’ software, which might set off its proper to an attraction of that call,” the doc reads.

Throughout a Costa Mesa Metropolis Council assembly Tuesday, Xin was joined by a number of Excessive Seas workers and contractors, who requested in public feedback for metropolis leaders to intervene.

Excessive Seas’ Assistant Normal Supervisor Kevin Ferrer was employed to assist discover, prepare and assist employees however as an alternative simply calls workers with weekly updates on the continued closure.

“I textual content or name or speak to them in individual and allow them to know we are able to’t begin this week and we don’t know why. I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t afraid for my future, my household’s future and my livelihood,” the Costa Mesa resident instructed the council.

“I’m right here to ask tonight, to anybody who has any say right here in any respect to assist us. We want solutions and we want assist opening our doorways.”

Metropolis Atty. Kimberly Corridor Barlow at Tuesday’s assembly acknowledged a authorized grievance was filed.

“There are points,” she mentioned of the applying. “I spoke with the legal professional for Excessive Seas on Oct. 20 for over quarter-hour, together with providing a gathering with him. After I spoke to him once more on Oct. 23, he mentioned they weren’t .”

Xin acknowledged such a dialog occurred however mentioned Barlow provided no rationalization for why the town was withholding the allow.

When requested whether or not there could be any authorized or legal points inflicting the delay, not unprecedented in an trade the place the road between authorized and questionable actions shouldn’t be all the time clear, she mentioned she was not conscious of something.

“They handed the background test,” she mentioned of Moussalli and Tabib. “So far as the non-public relationship with Michael and Matteo, they’ve my total confidence to say they’ve executed nothing unlawful. Nothing on their file might probably have an effect on Excessive Seas’ course of.”

Barlow mentioned Thursday Gregory Palmer, one other legal professional from agency Jones & Mayer who handles Costa Mesa authorized issues, communicated the rationale to the plaintiff’s legal professional and was making ready an official discover for supply Monday.

Electing to not touch upon any discovery made by the town, Barlow argued issuing a hashish enterprise allow shouldn’t be merely a signing off however one final probability for the town to assessment functions of their entirety.

“It’s very a lot a discretionary resolution,” she mentioned. “It’s the whole lot in [the city’s] ordinance, the whole lot within the conditional use allow situations of approval and the whole lot in its administrative rules that has set out the premise for the dedication of every license at every section.”

Xin mentioned her solely want is to open Excessive Seas’ doorways.

“Each day we don’t open the harm is piling up,” she mentioned. “The solar nonetheless rises, it nonetheless comes down, however cash is bleeding into the water. I need a decision that may profit all of the events — the town, our enterprise, the group and our workers.”

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