BY JORDAN GIBBONS
The Gotham Greens greenhouse in Hollis is under construction and will begin producing crops this year.
The Brooklyn-based company already has two urban greenhouses in its home borough, but it is building its largest New York project on the rooftop of the Rodless manufacturing warehouse at 184-60 Jamaica Ave.
“The project is still under construction and scheduled to be completed this summer,” Nicole Baum of Gotham Greens said.
The finished product will be more than 60,000-square-feet and the high-tech hydroponic facility is expected to
produce more than 500 tons of fresh, pesticide-free produce annually for local residents and New Yorkers across the five boroughs.
The EDC projected the facility to create 40 permanent jobs and 50 construction jobs when it awarded Gotham Greens with the funding in 2012.
The produce is grown using recirculating irrigation systems that capture all water for reuse and are free of any harmful chemical pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Gotham Greens also offsets electrical demands by using solar panels and efficient design features, such as LED lighting, passive ventilation and thermal curtains to reduce electrical and heating demand. The rooftop integration further reduces energy use while serving to insulate the building below, according to the Gotham Greens website.
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