Hendersonville City Council members approved incentives in the form of a waterline extension along Ladson Road near Mills River to support the construction of a large greenhouse facility that will be owned by Lakeside Produce.
Last year, Lakeside Produce announced plans that would bring more than 150 agriculture industry jobs to Henderson County, investing $80 million into a state-of-the-art tomato greenhouse facility in Mills River. The first 15 acre phase, bringing 50 jobs, would have to be realised by the end of the year.
The city previously committed to partnering with Henderson County for the incentives.The City of Hendersonville and Henderson County have agreed to install 2,200 linear feet of water main to Lakeside Produce. The project will be designed, permitted, and constructed by City personnel.
The installation of the waterline using city employees is estimated to cost $370,000, paid from the water and sewer fund. Henderson County has agreed to pay 50 percent of the cost, not to exceed $100,000.
Construction is set to begin this summer, with the start of harvesting tomatoes in the fall.