Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub

Bill Palladino, Economy, Find Local Food, Specialty Producers

Taste the Local Difference is excited to announce we are now the Leasing and Program Managers of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub, a new facility comprised of 12,000 square feet of modern food manufacturing and production spaces available for lease at below market rates.

There are ten suites within the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub facility (GTFIH).  All units are newly renovated and “white-boxed”, ready for your customization. Utilities are subbed off inside each unit, allowing for individual metering and hook-up requirements with minimal extra expense. Potential effective uses of GTFIH spaces include: wash, pack, sort, value-added food manafacturing production, packaging, food science laboratories, and more.

All units feature private entrance, shared bathrooms, shared shower facility, access to Cherry Capital Foods’ distribution, cooling, and storage amenities by arrangement. All but two units have external doors opening to the parking lot, and internal access into the shared service-way with Cherry Capital Foods.  All suites are manufacturing/processing only. No on-premise retail sales are allowed.

The GT Food Innovation Hub is more than simply an address to call home for your business. It is a community of food entrepreneurs with shared objectives and values.

In addition to other GTFIH tenants, we offer access to a network of growers, processors, distributors and retailers all with the aim of selling more local food. A full range of product and business development services, mentoring, business counseling, access to capital and shared resources are available to tenants.

Prices are set far below market, but will scale up over time. So get your space early. To download an application see visit our website, or contact us at the address listed beow.


SIZES: Suites vary from 380 sq. ft. to 1,623 sq. ft.
PRICE: per square foot: $5.00 sq.ft. /yr. (for first year)
TRIPLE NET: No (Taxes, main insurance, maintenance included.)
CITY: Traverse City / Garfield Twp.
COUNTY: Grand Traverse STATE: MI   Zip: 49686
TOTAL SPACE:  12,000+
ACREAGE: None
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Basic Internet Included: (RJ11 jacks in each space.)
CONSTRUCTION: Block
ZONING: Industrial
POSSESSION: Upon acceptance of signed lease
UTILITIES: Available in space
APPLICATION: Yes, to be approved by GTFA board
DIMENSIONS: Varies per unit
DIRECTIONS: On west side of Barlow, 1/2 mile south of South Airport Road, behind Barlow Center.
FRONTAGE: No
ROOFING: Composite
ECO FEATURES: Yes
SALE OR LEASE: For Lease
EXTRAS: Exterior Doors, Access to CCF, more…
FINANCING: None
FLOOR TYPE: Cement
HEATING/COOLING: Natural Gas, Electric
VACANT: Building is shared
WATER: City
YEAR BUILT: 2000
REMODELED: Completed in 2015
LICENSES: None


GTFA FIH Plan

  • Suite 101 – 465 sq ft. LEASED
  • Suite 102 – 390 sq ft. (No windows, one internal door.) LEASED
  • Suite 103 – 786 sq. ft.
  • Suite 104 – 992 sq. ft.
  • Suite 105 – 946 sq. ft.
  • Suite 106 – 380 sq. ft. (No windows, one internal door.) LEASED
  • Suite 107 – 482 sq. ft.
  • Suite 108 – 756 sq. ft.
  • Suite 109 – 409 sq. ft.
  • Suite 110 – 1623 sq. ft.

For reference, Suite 105 at 946 sq feet x $5.00/ft would have a first year leasing cost of $4,730/year or $394/month.  An additonal shared space fee (not to exceed 10%) will be assessed for management and care of shared spaces.  Shared spaces include access to kitchenette, bathrooms, showers, and coordinated use of the lobby and meeting room areas. Adjacent off-street parking is provided for tenants.

Please contact GTFoodshedAlliance@gmail.com or 231-714-0656 for more information.

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