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Michigan Urban Farming Initiative will transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe

Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:03
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A rendering of what the future community resource center and food cafe will look like on Brush Street in Detroit’s North End. Photo by Dave Darovitz/Global Product Development Communications. Click on image for larger file.

“This is part of a larger trend occurring across the country in which people are redefining what life in the urban environment looks like.”

By Chris Ehrmann
Crains Detroit
Nov 31, 2016


The nonprofit on Wednesday announced the support of BASF SE and Sustainable Brands, a global community of business innovators, which will help renovate the 3,200-square-foot three-story apartment building at 7432 Brush St. and across from MUFI’s 2-acre urban garden. It will house commercial kitchens that will service the planned cafe and allow for future production and packaging of goods for the organization. Other new amenities being developed include a children’s learning sensory garden.

Tyson Gersh, co-founder and president of MUFI, said the nonprofit bought the apartment building in 2011 for $5,025, winning the bid by $5. Renovations on the building and cafe are expected to be finished by May — in time for Sustainable Brands’ conference at Cobo Center May 22-25.

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