1400 W. 46th St.
Back of the Yards
The Plant is a research and production facility housing a collaborative community of small food businesses. In 2010, Bubbly Dynamics acquired this 100,000-square-foot former meatpacking facility and began renovating it slowly but steadily, highlighting features of the original building in accordance with Bubbly Dynamics' philosophy of reimagining waste and abandoned resources as assets. Today, The Plant houses 20 businesses, including indoor and outdoor farms, beer and kombucha breweries, a bread bakery, and other emerging food producers and distributors. Also in the works is a renewable energy project featuring a massive anaerobic digester whose output will be repurposed as an input to the algae production process; research and design for this compelling method of converting waste to food is underway. The Plant is a prime example of local efforts to build a more sustainable city.