Gotham Greens announced plans Tuesday to build a hydroponic greenhouse at Tradepoint Atlantic, the 3,100-acre development that formerly housed the Bethlehem Steel mill in Sparrows Point.
The 100,000 sq. ft. facility, which the company plans to open in 2019, will grow leafy greens and herbs that the New York–based company aims to supply to supermarkets, restaurants and others in the mid-Atlantic. The new facility will be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity, and utilize recycled irrigation water as part of a process that is designed to be more efficient in yielding crops than conventional farming. About 60 full-time jobs are initially expected in areas such as horticulture, engineering, plant science and food manufacturing.
“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 locally-grown, premium produce while bringing green jobs to the community,” Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer at Tradepoint Atlantic, said in a statement.