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US (IL): Large lettuce greenhouse close to being brought to city

The Yorkville City Council and the developer of a proposed greenhouse lettuce production facility are close to an agreement. Council members are expected to approve the deal at their May 10 city council meeting.

Lettuce grower Bright Farms plans to bring the facility to a 100-acre site at the northeast corner of Eldamain and Corneils roads on the far northwest side of the city, north of the Menards Distribution Center. Bright Farms ultimately plans to build four 8-acre greenhouse “modules” and employ about 200 people to grow the salad greens.

At the April 26 council meeting, council members quizzed Bright Farms Project Manager Sean O’Neill on water usage by the facility and a deal for the grower to rehabilitate Corneils Road as the greenhouses are gradually constructed.

Unable to use chlorinated drinking water for growing its lettuce, Bright Farms plans to drill a well on the property. O’Neill said the well will use a different aquifer from the one now used by the city to supply water to residents and businesses.

Read more at shawlocal.com


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