Tomato grower proposes 25-acre Webster greenhouse

A regional tomato grower states it wants to build at least one large greenhouse on 114 acres of land at the corner of Salt and State roadways in Webster.

Intergrow Greenhouses Inc., which currently owns greenhouses in Albion, Orleans County, and Fillmore, Allegany County, is scheduled to provide a concept sketch plan at a town board meeting Tuesday.

The proposal requires constructing a 25-acre greenhouse on the property, followed by a possible second greenhouse in the future.277d

The property is owned by the Schreiber family.

The advancement might eventually bring 100 jobs to the location, according to Intergrow president Dirk Biemans. The company disperses tomatoes all over the Northeast.

 

The land in question belonged to an Open Space Initiative Plan in 2005, however it is not open space or permanently wild land, said Webster Supervisor Ron Nesbitt. The town obtained advancement rights on the property to keep it from ending up being a huge housing advancement, but it is available for agricultural propositions.

Our open spaces in the town will never be established for real estate or anything else, Nesbitt stated. The farmer retained ownership of this land to sell for farming uses if he wanted.

27sThe Open Space Initiative Plan of 2005 covers over 1,000 acres of land in Webster. The town bought advancement rights for almost 400 of those acres, 114 which are up for sale by the Schreibers. The effort happened in the 1990’s, when Webster’s population was taking off and town officials were attempting to manage future blockage.

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