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Urban farm may sprout at Erie Street Market

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Sustainable Local Foods, a newfangled hydroponics firm located on Hill and Byrne, is interested in expanding operations into Toledo's Erie Street Market.

The troubled market is in need of tenants and the city of Toledo is trying to attract investors.  But the hydroponics operation may be close to signing a deal that would use the old antique mall space at the market for their vegetable growing operation.

This comes as the Warehouse District continues to grow.  More than 700 residents live in that area of town but they need a grocer.

The Erie Street Market hosts a farmer's market on weekends but a supermarket is a pressing need.  With Sustainable Local Foods poised to move in, attracting a supermarket next door in that same building might be easier.

Matt Sapara, Toledo's Director of Economic Development says representatives of Luckey's market toured the space last week and seem interested in locating a facility there.

Sustainable Local Foods would be a supplier of fresh vegetables to any grocer that may move in.  The company would also like to expand into half a dozen other buildings in Toledo, renovate those buildings to fit operations, then begin growing and harvesting thousands of plants each week.

 
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