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Hillary Peckham, Etain’s chief operating officer, talks to the news media during an open house at the Etain medical marijuana cultivation facility in Chester in October 2015. Etain is seeking to add a 50,000-square-foot addition to its existing medical marijuana production facility.

CHESTER — Etain is looking to construct a 50,000-square-foot addition to its existing medical marijuana production facility in Chester, which would expand its business by more than four times its current size.

The company is seeking approval from the town Planning Board to renovate and build an addition to its existing marijuana cultivation, processing and manufacturing facility on Route 9. The plan involves constructing additional greenhouse and warehouse space.

When contacted, company officials did not want to comment about the specifics of their plans. However, they have 100 acres at the Chester facility and have plenty of room to grow.

The Planning Board reviewed the application on Nov. 19. Bob Holmes, engineer from Jarrett Engineering, said the current existing greenhouses and production area total 15,000 square feet, according to minutes of the meeting.

The board will hold a public hearing on the proposal at its meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

Etain, which opened in 2015, is ramping up its business. In October, the company received approval to build a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a lot it purchased for $210,000 at Glens Falls’ Tech Meadows industrial park.

No extracting or cultivating will happen at the Glens Falls site. The plants will continue to grow at the Chester facility and oils will be extracted there as well. The oils would then be sent to Glens Falls to be put into capsules, tinctures, vaporizers, lozenges and its newest product — water-soluble powders.

Etain officials said previously that they hope to occupy the Tech Meadows building sometime in June.

The company only sells its products at its dispensaries in Syracuse, Kingston, Yonkers and New York City.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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