Nonprofit announces plans for $15.5 million food hub

March 21, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island nonprofit has announced plans to build a $15.5 million food hub.

The Providence Journal reports that Farm Fresh RI would use the food hub to distribute locally grown produce and house production facilities, nutrition education programs and markets for the public.

The food hub would occupy a 61,500-square-foot building on a vacant lot in Providence.

Farm Fresh bought the site for $797,000 in 2017 after a fire destroyed a warehouse complex on the property.

The Pawtucket organization is seeking incentives under the Rebuild Rhode Island tax credit program for the project.

A spokesman for the state Commerce Corp. says a committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal Friday.

Farm Fresh estimates the project will create 284 jobs during construction and 117 permanent jobs at the facility.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com