More upgrades are coming to Eastern Market by next June, as John Gallagher describes in the Free Press:
Eastern Market received a $750,000 grant Friday from the DTE Energy Foundation to support redevelopment of the market’s Shed 5, including the development of an outdoor 200-seat social gathering place.
When renovations are completed, Shed 5 will also house the market’s Community Kitchen, designed to help emerging food businesses bring their products to market by offering low-cost licensed production space.
At a Friday night dinner there for corporate and civic leaders, DTE Energy chief executive Gerry Anderson described Eastern Market improvements as "part of a larger Detroit renaissance taking place from the riverfront to downtown to Midtown to the city’s neighborhoods,” according to prepared remarks quoted by Gallagher.
The latest financing follows a $1-million grant in June from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for interior work on Shed 5. Eastern Market Corp. renovated Shed 2 in 2008 for $2.1 million and Shed 3 in 2009 for $6.2 million.