RecoveryPark seeks three-square-mile area in Detroit for greenhouse and Food Center
Gary Wozniak, representing RecoveryPark is standing in a field that he wants to use for urban agriculture in Detroit. RecoveryPark is the brainchild of Gary Wozniak, a former stockbroker and recovering addict who is director of development for SHAR, a nonprofit addiction recovery agency headquartered on Detroit’s west side.
RecoveryPark has raised $1.4 million of the $15 million needed to start.
By Gary Anglebrandt
Crain’s Detroit Business
Jan 20, 2012
RecoveryPark, the nonprofit seeking to create an indoor tilapia farm on Detroit’s east side, is in talks with the city to acquire nearly half of a three-square-mile area just east of Eastern Market.
The nonprofit would use the land for urban agriculture and to spin off for-profit food production and distribution businesses using the farm products grown there.
The plan requires City Council approval. Council in December narrowly approved the Hantz Woodlands LLC urban tree farming project after contentious meetings and an outcry from residents who contended the project was a land grab.
RecoveryPark President and CEO Gary Wozniak said his organization has had talks with most of the council members, who have expressed support.
The fish farm would not be within the three square miles, Wozniak said. That project had been planned to go in a former public works maintenance building just east of Roma Cafe in Eastern Market, but the price to acquire it from the city was too high, when taking into account the cost to make the dilapidated building useable again, he said.
Instead, the nonprofit is trying to complete a deal to build a new indoor fish farm on a vacant 45-acre industrial property owned by the city, also on the city’s east side. Wozniak would not disclose the exact location.