CHICAGO (CBS) — A New York-based produce company has started construction on what will be the city’s largest agricultural greenhouse, at nearly double the size of their current urban farm in Pullman.
City officials and community leaders hope the new Gotham Greens urban greenhouse will help revitalize the underdeveloped Pullman neighborhood.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
On Thursday, Gotham Greens broke ground on a new 140,000-square foot greenhouse at 106th and Doty. The company opened a 75,000-square foot greenhouse in 2015 on the roof of the Method soap factory at 110th and Ellis.READ MORE: 2 Injured In Shooting On Dan Ryan Expressway Near 57th Street
The company uses clean energy to grow fresh produce year-round.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said the greenhouse will continue the “economic renaissance” in Pullman. The $12.6 million complex is expected to create 60 permanent and 70 construction jobs.MORE NEWS: Jefferson Park Homeowner Creates Visual Magic, With Huge Rotating Christmas Tree Poking Through Roof; 'Go Big, Or Go Home'
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