For Immediate Release
October 24, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Task Force on Food Policy, today offered thanks to the “creative food entrepreneurs in Boston and around the country” who are committed to producing and distributing more healthy and local foods to residents of America’s cities.
“In the 12 months since the first Food Day, Boston has seen an explosion in the number of food trucks on our streets,” Mayor Menino said. “We have seen the first vegetables grown on land designated as part of our urban agriculture initiative, brought fresh day boat fish to our farmers markets, and brought better quality, local foods to more Boston Public School students.”
The mayor also cited two recent federal grants for food-related projects in Roxbury and Dorchester – the first to expand a Latino supermarket, the second to increase the capacity of a successful food business incubator.
The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is working in partnership with CropCircle Kitchen to turn the Pearl Meat Factory in Dorchester into a 35,000-square-foot, multi-tenant, food production facility, known as the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Small Business Center. The development will support over 50 food production businesses and create more than 80 new jobs within the first three years of operation.
In Roxbury, the Madison Park Development Corporation is partnering with Tropical Foods International to create a proposed a $32-million three-building multi-use development on the 2.1 acre parcel, known as Parcel 10. The development will include a 40,000-square-foot two-story grocery store that will be home to the Tropical Foods grocery store, and a five-story building with retail, office space, and off-street parking. A third building, the current home of Tropical Foods, would be redeveloped into first floor retail space, and 66 units of housing.
The Mayor also praised his fellow mayors who have not only launched their own food policy initiatives, but also spoken out about proposed cuts in federal food assistance programs and delays in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.