Green­house is lat­est ten­ant at Spar­rows Point site

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY GOTHAM GREENS AND JULIE MCMA­HON

Gotham Greens will open a green­house at Spar­rows Point early next year.

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