The company plans to create 137 jobs

ROCHESTER — A company is set to open what Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says will be the biggest commercial hydroponic facility in the nation in Rochester.

The governor says Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 15-acre, 650,000-square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park, creating 137 new jobs. About half of those positions will be reserved for veterans and the unemployed, the state says.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"The new Clearwater Organic Farms facility will drive innovation, create jobs for New Yorkers who need them most, and bolster economic growth throughout the region," Cuomo said in a release. "Our economic strategy continues to generate new activity, attract high-growth industries to the region and build momentum to move the Finger Lakes forward."

The state is offering $6 million in funding and tax credits for the $50 million project.

Clearwater Organic Farms Partner Peter Ciriello said in a statement: "When we set out to plan and design Clearwater Organic Farms, Rochester, our goal was to build a world class baby leaf production facility using ‘state of the art’ process technology and grow science that would both be environmentally and socially responsible. We recognized that we could create real value in growing and providing fresh, local and safe baby leaf vegetables and herbs to the local markets and still have a project that would be energy efficient and one that would provide job and career opportunities for workers that might not otherwise be able to work in food production. We appreciate the support we have received from the State of New York, Monroe County, the Town of Greece, and our many strategic technology and commercial partners to make Clearwater Organic Farms in Rochester a reality."

Eastman Business Park is at Lake Avenue and West Ridge Road, about 3 miles northwest of downtown Rochester.