Brooklyn has a new buzz worthy urban agriculture project in the neighborhood of my birth. It warms my soul to see it happening.
When completed the just announced BrightFarms hydroponic greenhouse farm will lay claim to the title of largest rooftop farm in the world. Largest rooftop farm in the world joins the longstanding tallest building in the world competition. Let the games begin!
The new farm will be located on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space atop the former Federal Plaza 2 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. With the Statue of Liberty in sight, the building has been renamed Liberty View Industrial Plaza. A gut renovation is going on to convert the building into a Class A industrial center with a plan to pursue LEED Silver rating. The building has some of the largest floor plates in Brooklyn.
Born in Sunset Park, I know this Brooklyn industrial waterfront well from my childhood. The Costco store I visit regularly is just a few blocks away. Sadly, the Brooklyn industrial waterfront, once one of the busiest in the world, has fallen into much disuse in more recent times.
It is great to see this project happening. It should spark more renovation, new businesses and new jobs. Perhaps one day the Center for Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) will be located here. It could be a great location with other urban greenscaping and urban agriculture related businesses living under the world's largest rooftop farm.
This shows the scale of the building occupying an entire city block. It is an 8-story building with 1.1 million square feet of space.
This what the bulding looks like today (Google Maps photo). See more in a Flickr photo set. I plan on going to the building soon to photograph the renovation progress.
via brightfarms.com press release
NEW YORK, NY, March 29, 2012 – It was announced today that a multi-acre farm will be built on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park—making it the largest rooftop farm in the world. The state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse is being built by BrightFarms, Inc. in partnership with Salmar Properties LLC. The farm will grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, which will cultivate a new national model for urban agriculture. Read more...