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Queens rooftop greenhouse on the way

A rooftop greenhouse is coming to Jamaica, Queens.

Credit: Facebook/Gotham Greens. Credit: Facebook/Gotham Greens.

Jamaica, Queens is getting a massive rooftop greenhouse, according to DNAinfo.

The greenhouse is anticipated to produced more than 500 tons of fresh, pesticide-free vegetables and herbs annually.

It will be operated by Gotham Greens, which already runs a greenhouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, spanning 15,000 square feet.

The Queens location will be the largest of its kind nationwide at 55,000-square feet.

The project is funded by a $902,000 grant from the Regional Economic Development Councils. According to the Regional Councils, it will create 40 permanent and 50 construction jobs.

Plants in the greenhouse will be able to grow hydroponically in sand or liquid, but without soil. It will also include installation of a state-of-the-art LED lighting system and other efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is working to find a building for the greenhouse.

"Urban farming is a very exciting development and it would be really great to have an operation doing it in Jamaica," said GJDC spokesman Fred Winters.

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