Greenhouse is latest tenant at Sparrows Point site
Gotham Greens, an agricultural startup, will open a hydroponic greenhouse at Sparrows Point.
Officials with Tradepoint Atlantic, owner and developer of the 3,100-acre former steel mill site, announced the latest tenant on Tuesday.
Sparrows Point will be the third phase of New
York-based Gotham Greens’ expansion — a move intended to help the producer reach consumers in the midAtlantic region.
Gotham Greens will open a 100,000-plus square foot greenhouse on the northern end of the peninsula. The greenhouse, set to open in early 2019, will employ 60 full-time workers, according to a press release, and will “bring a reliable, year-round, local supply of fresh produce to serve retail, restaurant and
food service customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.”
The greenhouse will be powered entirely be renewable energy and, officials noted, “recycled irrigation water using proprietary methods.”
Gotham Greens opened its first greenhouse in Brooklyn in 2011 before expanding to other locations across New York. The company opened in Chicago in 2015.
“Baltimore is the ideal home for Gotham Greens’ expansion to the mid-Atlantic region. We’re thrilled to bring our brand of premiumquality, safe and sustainablygrown produce to supermarkets,
restaurants and communities throughout the region,” said Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens. “We’re honored and humbled to join the rich heritage of Maryland farmers, growers, and food producers. Urban agriculture, at its core, is about reconnecting with the community through food, jobs and economic development. To that end, we’ve found a great partner and are proud to be part of the American industrial turnaround story taking place at Tradepoint Atlantic.”
“We are very excited and extremely proud to welcome Gotham Greens to
Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer of Tradepoint Atlantic. “Today marks a true milestone, in the continuing revitalization of Sparrows Point, where a community synonymous with the production of steel will now be home to a leading agriculture tech startup producing locallygrown, premium produce while bringing green jobs to the community. Gotham Greens is another example of the diverse tenant base we are bringing to a site once dominated by a single industrial user. This diverse tenant base will provide stability to a community hard
hit by decades of decline in American industry.”
Elected officials echoed these sentiments.
“We are thrilled that Tradepoint Atlantic has attracted an innovative and growing company like Gotham Greens to Maryland,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “Their unique approach to urban agriculture, in an area once known for steelmaking and shipbuilding, will be an asset to the community and our state’s economy. Tradepoint’s prime location provides a competitive advantage for fresh food businesses like Gotham Greens to reach a significant midAtlantic customer base. Gotham Greens’ locating at Tradepoint is yet another example of how Maryland — and Baltimore — is open for business.”
“Gotham Greens’ decision to locate at Tradepoint Atlantic is yet another step forward towards bringing 17,000 quality jobs to eastern Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Tradepoint Atlantic continues to establish itself as a major economic force for the region, attracting diverse businesses with their desirable proximity to the mid-Atlantic market.”
Gotham Greens will open a greenhouse at Sparrows Point early next year.