State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be awarding the Crawford County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority a $175,000 grant and a $175,000 loan to convert a former saw mill into a city market.
The grant and loan will help determine whether the former saw mill’s operations contaminated the site, and if so, will help with the costs of cleanup. The Grayling Northern Market will have space for 66 vendors, is expected to create 100 new jobs and will bring a focus on healthy and sustainable living to Grayling.
The Grayling Agricultural and Educational Center will invest $3.7 million to renovate and reuse the former saw mill for the Grayling Northern Market. Not only will fresh local fruits and vegetables be available year-round, but the educational center will offer classes and programs on healthy eating. Along with offering food, the market will also include crafts, woodworking and artists and a selection of wines and beers. The Grayling Northern Market offers direct access to a local bike trail and is within walking distance of downtown.
“This is great news for the city of Grayling,” Rep. Rendon said. “The Grayling Northern Market will put the city on the map not only as a food hub, but a place for artists and craftsmen to showcase their work. I am looking forward to seeing growth and development in Grayling.”
The Grayling Northern Market will open for the season on Thursday, May 25.