A vertical farming company might soon become the owner of the Delaware County Shell building along Fuson Road, if local economic officials manage to strike a deal.
Traci Lutton, vice president of economic development with the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, announced on Tuesday that officials were working on a purchase agreement for the building during the Delaware County Council meeting.
The shell building, measuring 200,000 square feet, was built in 2014 by Garmong Construction. The nearly $8 million county-funded shell building has been unable to find a tenant in seven years. This building is officially owned by Garmong, a Terre Haute-based company that's been a frequent partner with the county on shell buildings in the past. The building is funded by the county and built on county-owned land.
Living Greens Farm, an indoor produce farmer based out of Minnesota, might turn the space into its next produce facility. According to officials, bringing the business to Delaware County would allow Living Greens Farm to break into the Midwest market and grow its produce closer to the markets where the produce is sold.
Lutton said the company wants to be operational by October, meaning the sale and build process could move quickly.
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