A veteran greenhouse operator in Chatham-Kent plans to spend as much as $100 million to develop a 100-acre greenhouse complex in Dawn-Euphemia Township.
Justin Geertsema, of Greenhill Produce, which operates a greenhouse facility south of Kent Bridge, confirmed Tuesday that Greenhill is planning to develop the Dawn-Euphemia site over several years, in 25-acre increments, with completion in 2024.
Greenhill purchased property for the proposed greenhouse about six months ago. It would be located south of Oil Springs, on the Edys Mills Line, just west of Oil Heritage Road.
“We have been looking for a new site for probably about five years,” Geertsema said. “There are still a few details to work out, so nothing is for sure, but we think we’re on the right track.”
He estimated the cost of development at between $80 and $100 million.
The greenhouse would grow peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers. Greenhill currently produces sweet bell peppers at its Kent Bridge site.
Once completed, the Dawn-Euphemia site would employ between 150 and 300 workers.