Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market has been in continuous operation since 1891. In 2008, a full renovation of the market campus was commissioned by the Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) and the City of Detroit. KDG is in the midst of a long-term building project, based on the framework laid out by the EMC 360° initiative to restructure the market with renovations to all of its existing buildings, and building new facilities as necessary.
An important new piece of Shed 5 will be the addition of a community kitchen facility. Eastern Market Corporation and KDG have studied similar facilities in the region in order to come up with an appropriate solution for Eastern Market’s needs. The community kitchen will be a rentable commercial kitchen space, giving local start-up businesses better and more affordable access to facilities for the production of their food products. The space can also be used for cooking classes and larger scale food preparation for special events held at the market. The renovated Shed 5 will provide a more enjoyable shopping experience for visitors to the Saturday market, and the addition of the community kitchen will bring in an important amenity to help build aspiring local businesses, while providing more local options for food sources in the city of Detroit and the surrounding region.