Apr 3, 2013

Groundbreaking set Wednesday for North Side food business incubator

Excerpted from Wisconsin State Journal
By Karen Rivedal

Organizers will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday for a food business incubator at Northgate Shopping Center, 1113 N. Sherman Ave.

The 5,400-square-foot, $1.4 million building is to open in August. It will be built in the center of Northgate’s parking lot and will have five commercial kitchens, with equipment for baking, produce preparation and processing, deli prep and meat processing. The kitchens are to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for hourly rentals, with dry, cold and frozen storage space available.

Developed through the Northside Planning Council, the incubator is being funded by private donations and government grants, including a $345,400 Community Development Block Grant from the city of Madison and $45,000 from the Wisconsin Buy Local program.

Already signed up to use the incubator, which will be available for nonprofit and for-profit use, are Madison Area Technical College, local caterers, REAP Food Group and food cart vendors.

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