US (NY): Firm seeks zoning variance to build micro farm out of shipping containers near Buffalo Broadway market

Recently, the principals involved in a new venture which proposes to grow fresh produce inside of shipping containers will appear before Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals seeking a variance for their project.

Fillmore Farms wants to place ten 40' long shipping containers on a vacant lot next to 205 Lombard Street across from the Broadway Market and create a year-round growing operation to produce herbs and leafy greens.

"We wanted to be in a place that was working on a lot of revitalization, and with the investments being made in the Broadway Market and the Central Terminal, we thought it was a great area that's starting to be developed," said Gabe Bialkowski, who founded Ellicottville Greens, a similar type of operation in the Southern Tier, and who will be the farm management partner of the newly formed group. 

Fillmore Farms is getting $644,000 in taxpayer money from a New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a program established by the Cuomo administration several years ago, and which awarded $10 million to the Broadway Fillmore area. "It involves some new technology, and so bringing these to communities takes a little bit of community support.

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