Soft opening of food truck park and visioning sessions to be held
Flint, MI – Communities First, Inc. (CFI), a local nonprofit, is getting ready to transform a former flower shop and blighted lot into a dynamic, engaging community destination in Flint’s Grand Traverse Neighborhood. Focusing on food, music and fun, Foodie Commons @ the Flower Shop will offer a food truck park, event space complete with an outdoor stage, an open green space and covered seating.
“We want to invite community members to come out and share their thoughts on our design plans and tell us about their vision for space” said Glenn Wilson, president and CEO at Communities First.
“While we are still actively renovating the property, we’ll also be hosting food trucks on site this summer,” Wilson added.
Multiple food trucks will be at Foodie Commons (located at 402 West Court St. Flint, MI 48503) from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, starting on Wednesday, June 1.
Community members can participate in visioning activities from June 1-10 to share their ideas for the space.
For the most up to date information on which food trucks will be at Foodie Commons, visit the CFI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communitiesfirstinc
“Stop by and grab something delicious from one of our food truck partners and be a part of the conversation about what this space will look like” said Joel Arnold, Planning & Advocacy Coordinator at Communities First, Inc.
“From bbq and salads to tacos and chicken tenders, we’ll have something from everyone!” Arnold added.
The local nonprofit recently raised over $100,000 to support physical improvements to Foodie Commons. All donations received a one-to-one match as a part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places Initiative.
“With so much support from the community, we’re excited to transform this blighted site into a community destination,” said Wilson. “Foodie Commons will address the critical need for special locations in the city for families to recreate, create a community meeting place and foster a supportive environment for small business owners like food trucks. We look forward to starting construction on the event spaces soon.”
About Communities First, Inc. (CFI)
Communities First, Inc. is a nonprofit Community Development Corporation. Headquartered in Flint. CFI serves over 35,000 community members across Michigan and Indiana. CFI’s mission is to build healthy, vibrant communities through economic development, affordable housing and innovative programming. More information about Communities First, Inc. can be found at www.communitiesfirstinc.org.