US (MA): How lettuce - and jobs - could sprout from this downtown Brockton vertical farm

Downtown could be home to one of the few "vertical farms" in the nation, bringing 50 jobs and year-round fresh produce to Brockton.

The ambitious plan would be part of a multi-use project in the block bounded by Frederick Douglass and Warren avenues and L Street.

"It's a game-changer. It really is," said Mayor Robert Sullivan during a recent interview at City Hall. Greg Day, of would-be developers Day Brothers, balances the enthusiasm you'd expect of an entrepreneur with tempering expectations.

"It's still early. There's a lot of wood to chop," Day said in a May 11 phone call. "I want to be cautious. I think there's interest in making this concept a reality. There's a fair amount of work that needs to fall into place."


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