May 22, 2018Gotham Greens to expand to Baltimore
Urban agriculture company Gotham Greens will expand to a third city, it recently announced.
The company, which already grows produce at four facilities in Chicago and New York City, plans to build a “state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse” in Baltimore, Maryland, at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel mill in the Tradepoint Atlantic logistics center.
The first phase of Gotham Greens’ construction will be more than 100,000 square feet in Sparrows Point at Tradepoint Atlantic, and is scheduled to open in early 2019, according to a press release. The operation will employ 60 full-time workers year-round, and supply retail, restaurant and foodservice customers in the region with fresh produce.
The controlled environment agriculture operation will be completely powered by renewable electricity and recycled irrigation water.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he was thrilled that the location had attracted a tenant like Gotham Greens.
“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,” he said.
Gotham Greens CEO and Co-Founder Viraj Puri said Baltimore was the ideal spot for the company to expand to the mid-Atlantic, and the company was honored 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,” Puri said. “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.”