DETROIT (November 22, 2016) – Detroit Public Schools Community District announces plans to repurpose its former Kettering High School Site as a world class academic center and food business park that will catalyze public-private partnerships for DPSCD student and adult education and food and agriculture economic development. The District’s Office of School Nutrition originated the plan to support the expanding Detroit agriculture industry by creating a place for food processing, storage, product development and marketing.
Named the Kettering Food Enterprise Center (KFEC), plans for the 27-acre site include indoor and outdoor produce production and food products created at the site to be sold and incorporated into the District’s school nutrition program, and sold to other institutional outlets and additional customers. The development of KFEC will be implemented to provide DPSCD students with opportunities to obtain valuable expanded classrooms, stackable credentials, internships and paid job opportunities in the areas of culinary arts, urban farming, operations management, environmental stewardship and other food production, distribution and management related careers. The District views KFEC as integral to the promotion and development of its food, agricultural, natural resources and other associated scientific and business career clusters and pathways.
Repurposing of the former school buildings will occur after significant planning and community outreach. The Center will be operated by a newly created non-profit entity known as the Food Enterprise Development Corporation, whose board will include District representation as well as community members, food industry representatives and economic development experts.
Today’s announcement includes the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI) which seeks feedback and letters of interest from all persons and entities that are interested in participating in the development or operations of the Kettering Food Enterprise Center, including innovative academic opportunities for DPSCD students. The RFI will also seek input from members of the public about KFEC and what elements it should include. A copy of the RFI, as well as a proposed Business Plan and a Feasibility Study, can be downloaded at the District’s website or emailed upon request.
There will be an Informational Meeting about the KFEC on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 4-6 pm at the District’s Office of School Nutrition, located at 2001 W. Warren Avenue, Detroit. The meeting will include a presentation of the plan and the development options, lite refreshments and a question and answer session. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to download the RFI, Business Plan and Feasibility Study and respond to requested questions.
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), a new public school district for the Detroit community, was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills in June 2016. DPSCD operates 97 schools, with necessary support services, including school nutrition, transportation, special education and early childhood learning. DPSCD is focused on providing new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Information about DPSCD and its Office of School Nutrition can be obtained at detroitk12.org.
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