Cannabis grow-op may be coming to Port Union
Daniel Porter leads investor group eyeing former fish plant
TRINITY BAY NORTH, N.L. — When looking for a new tenant for the old fish plant in Port Union, the goal of the municipality of Trinity Bay North was to “grow their economy.”
Now it’s possible a potential “grow-operation” will do just that for the community.
Daniel Porter — originally from Champney’s West, who moved to Clarenville as a teenager and currently lives in St. John’s — leads a group of four investors who would like to use the former fish plant in Port Union as a cannabis production facility.
While he says he’s not quite ready to unveil the name of their enterprise — it’s going to be a bit of a surprise — Porter told The Packet all about his plans for a cannabis business in Port Union in an interview on Monday.
“The reason I picked the plant in Port Union, there’s a couple reasons for that … I grew up in the area. It is also, physically, one of the only buildings between 50,000-100,000 square-feet on the east coast of the island that is still in good enough shape to renovate and not have to be torn down and replaced,” he said.
He says he looked at about 10 different buildings on his search, mostly former fish plants on the east coast, and found only two that fit the bill.
The plant has been vacant since it was damaged during hurricane Igor in 2010.
Since then, the town has been working with the plant owners Ocean Choice International (OCI) to transfer ownership of the facility to the town.
Now, the plan is for the sale to go directly from OCI to Porter’s group.
“I kind of cut in on that process in the middle of it before it actually changed hands,” explained Porter.
“Once I interjected my plan, rather than deal with OCI independently, I went straight to the town and spoke to them about my idea.”
They’re still finalizing talks to take over the structure.
“I should have the keys by May 15 … Right now, the lawyers are doing the title search, we’re just allocating funds and setting up our company structure to close the deal. There’s nothing holding it up other than logistics.”
Kathryn and Daniel Porter. An artist’s rendering of the planned renovations for the plant in Port Union. Porter, who works in the construction business, says the building is in mostly good shape. He is planning a traditional-style looking structure...