New greenhouse approved in Amherstburg

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CTV Windsor / Rich Garton

 

WINDSOR, ONT. -- A new greenhouse is coming to Amherstburg after council gave the operation its blessing, but not without some trepidation.

A few weeks ago, councillors balked at the site plan approval for the 106-acre project on Concession Road 3 due to the proposed bunkhouses.

Councillor Michael Prue says the public is concerned about congregated living settings and the role they’ve played in the spread of COVID-19 at area farms.

 

Town administration said the size and capacity of bunkhouses doesn’t fall within municipal jurisdiction, but instead must comply with the Ontario Building Code.

A company representative for Cecelia Acres noted the greenhouse operator is responsible and has always met the standards set out by the province.

Company representative Tim Ondejko also says the proponent has been proactively testing employees at two other operations, adding they will be watching for any changes to the building code.

“It will come down from the feds and the provincials that that’s what you’re going to need to be able to do,” says Ondejko. “And it’s not just going to be what we’re building, it’s what’s going to have to happen within the industry. This is one of the most responsible greenhouse growers and developers that is coming to the Town of Amherstburg that’s fighting to come to the Town of Amherstburg.”

The development will create about 400 jobs. It’s unclear how many of those would be seasonal migrant workers.