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Thursday, March 19, 2009

EXTENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR EASTERN MARKET

It's like night and day at Eastern Market since non profit group Eastern Market Corporation was given control of operations. The market has always been a great place to buy and sell flowers, meats, and produce on a nice Saturday morning, but the Eastern Market Corporation has worked feverishly over the past couple years to return the market to its prominent place as one of our nation's finest. With extensive updates to multiple sheds and improvements to streetscapes already in place, Eastern Market Corporation is now ready to take the next step and rebuild Metro Detroit's local food system, with Eastern Market acting as the main hub.

As reported by Model D Media, just last week Eastern Market Corporation President Dan Carmody outlined the organization's future plans for the entire Eastern Market district. The goals are both lofty and extensive and include the following:

Shed 4 will be a new two-story market hall built on the lot just north of Shed 3. It will host approximately 14 food processing vendors on the ground floor -- think artisanal cheeses, organic tortillas and pastas -- and a teaching kitchen and classrooms on the second level. Plans call for Shed 4 and Shed 3 to share a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Shed 5 will be rehabbed with a focus on horticulture. The narrow Shed 6 will be widened for weather protection and a wind collector will be installed on top. The existing parking garage will be improved, and solar panels will be installed on its roof. Carmody says EMC's goal is for 15 percent of the market's energy needs to come from renewable sources.

Shed 7 will be substantially improved as a Growers Terminal, with an eye to improving the viability of the market's wholesale business. It will include a new terminal and docking facility and will be refrigerated.

Greening of Detroit is expected to break ground this year on a 2.5-acre market garden that will have a greenhouse and hoop sheds to extend the growing season. Carmody says the garden is about both food production and economic development -- the intent is to quantify job production as a function of garden acreage. Current estimates suggest that if just 20 percent of Detroit's food was produced locally (currently, that number stands at 2-3 percent), 4,700 jobs would be created, which would generate $20 million in taxes and $125 million in income.
(Model D)

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