The food business center will be used as a food business incubator, offering food truck services, a point source of locally grown produce and a community education kitchen.
The project is expected to create 28 to 38 full-time positions, according to the governor’s office.
“It’s about renovating old buildings, investing in neighborhoods and starting new businesses,” Northam said in a statement. “These projects will greatly benefit local economies and business owners in Virginia.
A fall 2020 update on the Carver kitchen project by the task force reported increased interest in the project due to COVID-19. Local food, food sourcing and food processing are also seen as increasingly important, along with greater awareness of food insecurity in the region.
Architectural plans and renderings were completed for the estimated $ 1.4 million project for general school renovation, infrastructure, HVAC, asbestos removal and fire alarm system. Phase 1 is estimated at $ 353,000.
Culpeper County Board Chairman Gary Deal praised Grants Administrator Laura Loveday and the Extension Office for their diligence in securing funds for the project.
“Great things continue to happen in Culpeper,” he said.
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