Businessman proposes 37-acre greenhouse in Windham

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 9:31 a.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — An Arundel businessman has proposed building a 37-acre complex of greenhouses in Windham that would create about 170 jobs.

John der Kinderen says the business would raise hydroponic vegetables and fish to sell to food distributors throughout the Northeast.

Der Kinderen hopes to start construction this spring, begin operations by the end of the year, and have it completely up and running in 2013.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Der Kinderen has been working with Windham officials, and Planning Board member James Hanscom said the board could hold extra meetings to expedite the permitting process.

He told the planning board the 1.6 million square feet of greenhouses would be powered by natural gas engines, and waste would be processed by a bioreactor and turned into fertilizer.

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