WASHINGTON – A massive urban farm project the District of Columbia mayor announced with great fanfare more than 18 months ago is falling apart.
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That's because no one bothered to inspect the site. If they had, they would have found an unlicensed landfill that's 18 feet deep and rusting petroleum containers on the banks of a creek. And that's in addition to what the produce company and city officials already knew was there: abandoned shipping containers that homeless people use for shelter.
The site is so contaminated, a recent survey by the city estimated it would take $1 million to clean up.
With Mayor Vincent Gray leaving office, New York-based BrightFarms is likely to walk away from a project it once said would be "the most productive urban farm in the world."