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

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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. .

 

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