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Planners back Intergrow expansion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Intergrow Greenhouses has the Orleans County Planning Board’s approval for an expansion on the western side of its property, a 7.3-acre addition to its greenhouses.

ALBION – A company planning a major expansion to its greenhouses has the Orleans County Planning Board’s support for the project.

Intergrow Greenhouses is planning a 7.3-acre expansion that would be 632 feet by 504 feet. The new building would be on the western side of its property that already includes 48 acres of greenhouses.

County planners on Thursday recommended the Town of Gaines approve a special use permit and the site plan for the project in a residential/agriculture district. The property is located at 2428 Oak Orchard Rd.

Dirk Biemans, co-owner of Intergrow, presented the project to the County Planning Board on Thursday. Biemans said Intergrow, which first built a greenhouse in Gaines in 2003, is seeing increased demand for its hydroponic tomatoes.

He would like to break ground on the addition this summer and have the new greenhouse ready for its first planting in November.

The greenhouse addition will be 318,214 square feet. The project also includes an 11,546 square foot addition for storage and a 3,947 square foot addition for a generator room.

Intergrow employs 100 people in Gaines and expects to hire 10 to 15 more with the expansion.