“It is ultimately about community. Isn’t it wonderful that the place where people come together to celebrate family, community, healthy living, and entrepreneurship is right here in Eastern Market?” – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
So kicks off the celebration of a three year project coming to a close. The Eastern Market Corporation, the nonprofit corporation that operates Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, announced the completion of its $8.5 million Shed 5 project. The restored shed’s opening ceremony Saturday morning held many speakers, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Eastern Market Corporation’s President, Dan Carmody and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
While keeping it’s historical elements, the fully renovated Shed 5 upgrades include:
The Eastern Market Community Kitchen: A fully-licensed kitchen to be used by entrepreneurial food businesses for community education about cooking and nutrition. The kitchen is a part of the Detroit Kitchen Connect program, a city-wide network to grow neighborhood food businesses and the local food economy.
Kid Rock Kitchen Commons: A gathering space to host indoor community events for 50-60 people, seven days a week.
DTE Energy Foundation Plaza: Just outside of Shed 5 and along Russell St, the Plaza will be a dedicated public gathering space for Eastern Market with seating, entertainment, and its own food options.
Shed 5 also has heat integrated to its structure, which will support its year-round operations. There is enhanced selling space for flower and plant growers at the Saturday Market as well as for the overnight weekday wholesale market, widely used by local grocers and food distributors.
Major funders of the project include: the City of Detroit, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, Kresge Foundation, New Economy Initiative, Whole Foods Market, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Before the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market Corporation lastly added:
“Almost exclusively today about food and the importance of it, and Eastern Market’s role in Detroit regional food economy…the other great product that we sell is people coming together. Sitting side by side chatting communicatively across ages, across races, across incomes, across occupations, this is the place where Detroiters come to enjoy each other and leave feeling better for the experience. “
Click here to visit Eastern Market’s website and view the press release for full details about Shed 5’s renovations.