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Vertical Greenhouse Coming In Lancaster


LANCASTER – The Lancaster Parking Authority approved plans for leasing vacant land adjacent to its Prince Street Garage which would permit development plans for a vertical greenhouse to be constructed alongside the W. Orange Street side of the garage. The vertical greenhouse would be built in a vacant plot of land in front of the garage, according to Corey Fogarty with the Lancaster Urban Farming Initiative that would lead the project. The proposal includes a multi-story building with a marketplace on the ground floor and areas on the upper levels that could produce 10-20 acres of vegetables. An artist’s rendering shows exterior glass walls to absorb sunlight. Vegetables would be planted and harvested in vertical growing carousels, and the building could include space for visitors, education rooms, and a possible ground-level agricultural history walking museum. When the lease agreement is approved, Fogarty said that his group is ready to start design and engineering work on the project. He said the project will show that Lancaster is a leader not only in traditional agriculture, but also in urban agriculture technologies. Operation of the greenhouse could begin in 2020.

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