A long forgotten area of the city will soon be reborn. The 60 acre area on the city’s lower east side, south of Interstate 94, along Chene Street to Forest Avenue, will be transformed from a blighted are to an are filled massive greenhouses and hoop houses.
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The project will contain greenhouses, hoop houses and other agriculture businesses to grow specialty vegetables such as striped carrots, breakfast radishes, edible flowers and salad mixes that wind up on plates in high-end Detroit restaurants.
Duggan made the announcement at the once-thriving and now-defunct Chene-Ferry Market which will serve as a center for RecoveryPark operations and distribution.
“We are not just transforming property. We are going to transform lives,” Duggan said. “They are taking the hardest to employ folks in our community and putting them to work on land that had been long abandoned and forgotten.”
Gary Wozniak, CEO of the RecoveryPark, said the nonprofit grows specialty produce sold to chefs at several of Detroit’s high-end restaurants such as Selden Standard and Gold Cash Gold. RecoveryPark Farms managed two pilot farms, one in Waterford Township and the other in Detroit, validating demand for specialty produce in Metro Detroit, Wozniak said.
With $15 million of new capital investment coming into the neighborhood, Wozniak said he hopes to have a minimum of 20 acres of hydroponic growing and high tunnel growing.
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