Lockport Approves Lease For Hydroponic Growing Operation

Lockport Approves Lease For Hydroponic Growing Operation

LOCKPORT, IL — Lockport residents may soon see some vegetables, herbs and microgreens growing in town after the city approved an agreement with Second City Greens for a hydroponic growing operation.

At its Aug. 5 meeting, the city council approved a lease agreement with Second City Greens to set up their urban agriculture operation on a vacant foundation pad at 201 W. Sixth St. According to council documents, the foundation pad was the site of the Sloyan building.

The lease will last three years, and a year-t0-year lease renewal will begin after that. According to council documents, the rent is for a nominal amount of $1 per year, but Second City Greens is responsible for operational costs, insurance and real estate tax implications.

Second City Greens will set up vegetables and lettuce to grow in cargo container spaces. According to the business’ website, it engages in the communities it serves and also provides a platform for education and training on the benefits or urban agriculture.

In order for the cargo containers to use the pad, it must be stabilized and also would require ADA accessible pedestrian access, council documents state. In June, the council approved $225,000 to stabilize the pad, and its Aug. 5 meeting, the council approved an additional $135,000 to remove most of the existing foundation.

The removal of the foundation would allow for more flexibility in the future, including more parking, council documents state.

Published at Thu, 06 Aug 2020 21:11:15 +0000