State approves funds for Intergrow, Marine Park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 December 2014 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Dirk Biemans is co-owner of Intergrow Greenhouses, which built its first 15-acre greenhouse in the Town of Gaines in 2003. The company put on another 7.5-acre greenhouse this year, bringing the total space to 55.5 acres.

Two projects in Orleans County were approved for funding in an announcement today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo through the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Intergrow Greenhouses on Route 98 in Gaines was awarded $600,000 for a facility upgrade that includes adding “grow lights” to the 7.3 acres of the greenhouse complex. Intergrow will also need to upgrade its electric supply with the project.

Intergrow started in Gaines about a decade ago and has completed several expansions, and now has 55.5 acres of greenhouses. The company grows hydroponic tomatoes and employs about 100 workers.

Orleans County also was approved for $81,500 for its Marine Park along the Oak Orchard River on Route 98 in the Town of Carlton.

The funding will help replace the north stairway and walkway, and also provide shore power service. The county will also prepare a feasibility study to explore options to protect public docking facilities from ice damage.

Orleans County is part of the Finger Lakes Region which was named a “top performer” with $80.7 million approved for 100 projects.

For more on the projects approved in the region and state-wide, click here.