The apparent sudden sale of Players Paradise Sports Complex in Stoney Creek has sent tenants and soccer players scrambling to relocate.
But the new owner, a medical cannabis producer, says it is helping the nonprofit groups find another venue for their sport — and that it is creating 100 good jobs at the site.
Green Relief Inc. in Flamborough has purchased the 100,000-square-foot facility at 565 Seaman St. in Stoney Creek for an undisclosed amount.
The sports complex closes its doors on Oct. 31.
Once converted, the new jobs created will provide a livable wage, said Green Relief chief executive Warren Bravo.
Bravo said his company had not been looking for another location. However, “an opportunity presented itself” when a third party contacted him about Players Paradise being for sale.
“This was an additional growing place that wasn’t planned. … We decided to have a look at it and saw the value of being there,” he said.
He got verification from the city that the zoning allows for a medical marijuana grow facility, he added.
Green Reliecf expects to start on $9 million in renovations, including putting in a second storey into the 16-metre high building when it takes over at the end of October.
Green Relief is currently expanding its Flamborough facility on the 8th Concession near Strabane — west of Highway 6 and north of Carlisle Road. The company’s goal is to eventually have a plant in every province. It is currently in final discussions to open a plant in Halifax, Bravo said.
April 2017, Green Relief Inc. had become the 31st licensed producer in Canada to receive its license from Health Canada to sell medical marijuana, initiating an unprecedented era in the industry.
“We are using an innovative growing method called aquaponics, one of the most sustainable forms of agriculture in the world,” says Warren Bravo, CEO and co-owner of Green Relief Inc.