Food factories

Farther afield, but maybe interesting in light of the some of the old warehouse-type buildings in this area: There's a company called Gotham Greens that's been building enormous rooftop greenhouses around the NYC and Chicago areas for growing crops such as basil and salad greens -- it just opened a 60,000-square-foot facility in Queens. (Could a building like Central Warehouse become something like that?) [Gotham Greens] [Chicago Mag] [Cuomo admin]

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Yes, I've long thought that this site would be perfect for a food factory, a concept that has been growing some legs as more and more cities adopt them and look for ways to both create local food streams and local jobs for their residents. I imagine this would be a long shot, given this buildings history and the lack of innovative ideas from any of the developers who have sat on this (preferring the quick, fast buck instead), but it would be nice if a coalition of local groups took this on.

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