Gotham Greens: Groundbreaking for $12.6 million Pullman complex announced

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At the Gotham Geeens groundbreaking in Pullman. Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives plans to acquire and prepare the site for $3.68 million and subsequently sell the property to Gotham Greens, which will complete the greenhouse’s vertical construction. Approximately $3.4 million in Tax Increment Financing assistance for the site preparation work is pending City Council approval.

Gotham Greens Greenhouse  says it has broken ground on its second greenhouse in Pullman. The $12.6 million, 140,000 sq. ft. complex is expected to create 70 construction jobs, the city said in a news release.

The company currently operates a 75,000-sq. ft. greenhouse on the roof of the nearby Method Products factory, which opened in 2015.

(The company was issued a temporary use permit to erect a tent at 10800 S. Doty Ave., but there is no indication of a full-scale permit for work at that address.)

“Gotham Greens’ decision to double down and build a second greenhouse is a vote of confidence in Chicago and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Pullman’s historic past is matched only by its growing economic resurgence today, thanks to partners like Gotham Greens.”

The 6.2-acre project site was occupied until 2008 by a Ryerson Steel plant and later acquired by Pullman Park LLC. Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) plans to acquire and prepare the site for $3.68 million and subsequently sell the property to Gotham Greens, which will complete the greenhouse’s vertical construction. Approximately $3.4 million in Tax Increment Financing assistance for the site preparation work is pending City Council approval.

The new greenhouse adds to the $250 million in recent public and private investments in Pullman, including the 150,000-sq. ft. Whole Foods Midwest Distribution Center, the 135,000-square-foot Pullman Community Center, the Pullman Park retail center, the 111th Street Gateway retail complex, ArtSpace live/work lofts, and recently designated Pullman National Monument.

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