Off the Deeb End-March 2012

Posted on March 17, 2012 - 1:31 pm

by Ed Deeb

Lot's Going On At Eastern Market

Recently, the groundbreaking ceremony announcing the third major renovation of

Shed 5 was held.  The event was well attended by supporters and businesses of Eastern Market along with the media and various public officials.


The program involved George Jackson, Jr. of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., Rob Rullig of Rullig Farms, Tom Kalchik of MSU, Barb Hedgepeth, a natural food distributor, and Chris Brown, City of Detroit COO.


Also Charles Pugh the Detroit City Council President, Walter Robb of Whole Foods, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.  Also several other city officials and Eastern Market Corporation board members were in attendance.


Upon completion by 2012, Shed 5 will feature a shared use community kitchen to help train and expand specialty food processors to help bring about better nutrition and healthier eating habits.


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The former R. Hirt Jr. Co. which has been closed for six months, will soon reopen again under a new name by David DeVries.  It has been doing business at Eastern Market since 1887.


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Bob Heide of Urban Life Development, who has been affiliated with Eastern Market for more than 25 years is planning a $7 million renovation of the former City of Detroit Water and Sewage Dept. on Erskine Street.


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In addition, a new art gallery, letterpress store front, a community kitchen to inspire food entrepreneurs, and a fish farm are planned for the area to name some of the things to look forward to.


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The Tuesday Market here was a huge success.  Dan Carmody and the Eastern Market staff and board are planning to improve it even more in 2012.


Ed Deeb, Chairman and Founder

Michigan Food & Beverage Assn.





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