LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Judy Emmons announced Tuesday that the city of Harrison will be expanding its current farmers market into a three-to-four-season community farm and market incubator that will serve as the market’s permanent home thanks to a recently approved state grant.
The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $751,344 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for property rehabilitation in downtown Harrison. The total project cost is estimated to be $1,337,768 with an additional $331,500 coming from U.S. Department of Rural Development and $254,924 from the city of Harrison.
“This will greatly improve the availability of locally prepared fresh food and attract new jobs and development to the area,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This is the result of a cooperative effort with state and local officials to revitalize and expand this property to a multi-season market to attract tourists and residents of the community.”
The expansion will include the rehabilitation of two adjacent buildings in downtown Harrison, which will allow the market to expand the number of vendors and offer options year-round, including a fully equipped and licensed community kitchen that will be available to the public. The project will also include converting a vacant lot into parking and seating space for patrons.
The Michigan Strategic Fund, in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, administers the economic and community development portions of the CDBG program, which utilizes funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Due to the hard work and cooperation of everyone involved, area residents will see a vital investment into their community,” Emmons said. “The city of Harrison is certainly a tourist destination and local officials are working hard to create desirable attractions for visitors as well as residents.”