A new development on East Warren will help both the community and small businesses. City and neighborhood leaders gathered this week to break ground on the East Warren Public Market. 

This is the second phase of the development. In the first phase, an old Pizza Hut is being adapted into a new commercial kitchen space for small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

The Public Market will have 10,000 square feet of space for retail spaces, a small grocery market, community space, a farmer's market, and the offices of the East Warren Development Corporation.

“The E. Warren Public Market and commercial kitchen spaces will offer a permanently affordable environment for local businesses to flourish and a gathering place for our community,” said Joe Rashid, Executive Director of East Warren Development Corporation. “We are continually inspired by the resilience and innovation within our community and look forward to collaborating to develop this campus.”

The Market is one of many developments in this area, thanks in part to the Strategic Neighborhood Fund. In the East Warren area, which includes the Cornerstone, Morningside, and East English Village neighborhoods, streetscaping has taken place, as well as improvements at Balduck Park. Developments like the Deco and the Ribbon will bring residential and retail to the neighborhood. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is one of the major investors in the SNF in East Warren, giving $5 million total and $2.5 million for the Public Market.

Invest Detroit, the Gilbert Family Foundation, and the Ralph Wilson Foundation have also partnered in funding the East Warren Public Market.