Urban agriculture project to transform unused warehouse

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An unused warehouse in Indianapolis is being transformed to create fresh produce and jobs.

Right now the building, off of South Rural Street, is filled with old cars. In a few months, it’ll be replaced with produce. Vegetables you’ll be able to buy in local grocery stores.

Mayor Greg Ballard, and Sustainable Local Foods-Indiana officials talked about the city-partnered project Wednesday.

The $1.3 million renovation will allow the company to grow year-round and hire 20 people.

“We’ll try to probably add another site every six months for the next few years,” Sustainable Local Foods-Indiana Managing Member James Bloom said. “There’s a tremendous amount of production that has to go to meet the demand.”

“We have a lot of these types of buildings that are not being used for a lot of purposes,” Mayor Ballard said. “And if we could do these in the neighborhoods, and get employed in these neighborhoods. It’s going to be well worth it.”

The project received $500,000 in grant money. The building should be ready by early next year.

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