Green Thumb Industries breaks ground at former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility

Warwick. Company plans to build 400,000-square-foot facility in Warwick Technology Park.

| 14 Sep 2021 | 03:04

One of the nation’s leading cannabis retailers, Green Thumb Industries (GTI), will be building a modern cannabis campus on the site of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, which closed in 2011 and is now the location of the Warwick Technology Park.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, GTI hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on the company’s 38-acre site to celebrate the beginning of construction.

State Sen. Mike Martucci served as emcee and introduced guest speakers who included state, county, local and company officials.

The $150 million project to refurbish and remodel the site, which is part of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator program, is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and permanent employment in the region.

The roster of the technology park grows

“This project is the culmination of eight years of hard work by many to ensure that the closed Mid-Orange Correctional Facility did not suffer the fate of so many other surplus New York State properties,” said Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton. “Those who played a part are too numerous to mention without missing someone but it was a true team effort from people who believed in our vision.

“We now look forward to the completion of the property’s rebirth which will pay dividends in jobs and tax revenue to our town for years to come,” Sweeton added. “We welcome GTI to join urbanXtracts, Phyto-Farma Labs, Hudson Sports, Drowned Lands Brewery, DeGraw and DeHaan, Wisner Hall job accelerator, Ground Control Excavating and Eden Restoration in building out Warwick’s only corporate park.”

- Roger Gavan

How big is 400,000 square feet?
According to The Measure Of Things, a search engine for finding comparative or relative measurements of physical quantities, 400,000 square feet is:
1.18 times the size of The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
It’s about four times as big as a city block in Manhattan.
It’s about six times as big as The White House.
It’s about seven times as big as an NFL football field
It’s about twenty times as big as an NHL hockey rink.
It’s about 75 times as big as an NBA basketball court.
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