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Private greenhouse could go public on Kalamazoo's north east side

diagram of the Riverside Florists business converted for public use.
diagram of the Riverside Florists business converted for public use.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo County Commissioners have just gotten their first look at a proposal to turn the old Riverside Greenhouse property between Riverview Drive and the Kalamazoo River into a community park and greenhouse project connected to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

The business reverted back to public ownership because of a tax foreclosure.

The Land Bank has plans to use a combination of donated, state and local funding to convert it into a location for public gardens, a greenhouse, an “Organic Café” and a canoe and kayak boat launch.

They will be asking the county board in two weeks to divert $100-thousandfrom another Land Bank fund as matching money.

The property’s proximity to the City of Kalamazoo’s Wastewater Plant, and the odors it sometimes produces, makes it a tough location for most other kinds of development. .