Rhinegeist owners could bring dispensary, brewery and dog park to Camp Washington

Rhinegeist owners could get license to grow

CINCINNATI -- The owners of Rhinegeist are hoping their business will get a license to grow medical marijuana in Camp Washington, but that’s not all they’d bring to the area.

Blueprints were released on Friday for Nature's Apex, a business venture separate from Rhinegeist. The potential multi-purpose facility would include a medical marijuana dispensary, a 120,000 square foot beer warehouse, a brewery and a dog park.

The plans were released the same day Ohio announced the names of 11 companies that have received a provisional level II cultivation license  - which the state created for smaller marijuana farms that will have 3,000 square feet of growing space or less.

Rhinegeist co-founders Bob Bonder and Bryant Goulding told WCPO in June they hope to create a 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing operation and dispensary at the former Sara Lee/Kahn’s manufacturing site on Spring Grove Avenue.

The pair will have to wait until later this month when the state is expected to announce the recipients of level 1 cultivation licenses, which are for growing operations up to 25,000 square feet.

If Bonder and Goulding get a license, their concept could bring a significant amount of traffic to Camp Washington, according to Joe Gorman, chief executive officer of Camp Washington City Board Development Inc.

“That will add a nice mix to attracting folks down to Camp Washington,” Gorman said.

Bonder and Goulding said their dispensary/brewery could create more than 100 jobs.

More than 100 companies applied for just 24 licenses to cultivate medical marijuana in Ohio.

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