The Town of Webster Planning Board approved an Atlanta-based farming operation's request to build several hydroponic greenhouses in the area, but some who live in the town are not in favor of the plan.
Dave Whipple has lived on State Road in Webster for more than 40 years, an area he loves for the rural countryside. “I was like 24 years old at the time, and it’s been like this ever since and we don’t want to see it go away,” Whipple said.
He’s worried a series of hydroponic greenhouses being proposed across the street from him would change that.
“Look at this place, it’s gorgeous out here. It’s one of the last spots in Webster that’s wide open, and they want to put a factory in a residential area," said Whipple. "Do you know what it will do to the roads, the neighbors? It’s insane.”
Atlanta-based C.E.A. Fresh Farms was before the Town of Webster Planning Board Tuesday night to seek approval for the project. They want to build seven greenhouses across more than 140-acres on State Road between Salt Road and County Line Road to grow climate-controlled lettuce and other leafy-greens year-round.