US (PA): Vertical farming operation considered in Hanover Township

Commercial farming may be a thing of the past in Hanover Township, Northampton County, but a company that uses an emerging agricultural technique could put down roots in the municipality.

A vertical farming operation is one use under consideration on the land once occupied by the former Guardian Life offices at 3900 Burgess Place. A subsidiary of J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc. of Asbury, N.J., which purchased and demolished the building, plans to construct three buildings on the site totaling 470,000 square feet of space. The industrial complex will be called the Lehigh Valley Flex Center.

Peter Polt, J.G. Petrucci’s executive vice president, made an informal presentation before the township’s board of supervisors Tuesday night, describing a tenant that will grow lettuce and herbs in multitiered, vertically stacked layers in one of the 160,000-square-foot buildings.

Read more at WFMZ (Bryan Hay)


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