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New Market and Brewery Heads to the Border of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge

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The massive Iron Ridge District development will bring more local food and beer to the neighborhood

Iron Ridge Development Proposal
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A new $32 million redevelopment project spanning the border of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge could bring a new brewery and market to the neighborhood, Crain’s reports.

According to a proposal brought before city and county commissioners, developers Iron Ridge Holdings intend to transform an industrial site roughly bounded by East 10 Mile, Bermuda Street, and the railroad tracks into a massive 231,000-square-foot “multi-use campus” known as the Iron Ridge District.

Plans for the area include office and commercial space, apartments, and a fitness center. However, the centerpiece of the district is a 70,000-square-foot vacant industrial building. That venue at 660 E. 10 Mile Rd. is earmarked for a market and a brewery with an adjoining biergarten, according to the proposal. Renovations are estimated to take approximately two years to complete.

Renderings of the venues as well as trademarks registered by Iron Ridge Holdings indicate that the brewery will be called Iron Ridge Brewing Company.

Meanwhile, Iron Ridge Marketplace has already launched a website and social media accounts. The Iron Ridge Marketplace is described as “a full-service culinary market space and grocer designed to expand access to locally and responsibly sourced food.” The marketplace is also expected to house a nonprofit test kitchen and rental kitchen.

A rendering of the proposed Iron Ridge Biergarten.
Iron Ridge Holdings
A rendering of the proposed Iron Ridge Brewing Company.
Iron Ridge Holdings

The market will pull together “dozens” of local vendors including a “whole animal butcher, cheesemaker, fishmonger, charcuterie maker, coffee roaster & cafe, full-service bakery, restaurant, brewpub, poultry and egg farmer, dairy producer, florist/botanist, cold-pressed juicer, fermenter, creamery, chocolatier, produce farmers, and a locally-sourced bulk and dry goods distributor, with additional space for other local food makers as warranted.”

An aerial view of the Iron Ridge Marketplace.

According to the company website, Iron Ridge Marketplace is currently accepting vendor inquiries. Eater has reached out to Iron Ridge Holdings for more details on the project. Stay tuned.

While areas east of the railroad tracks in Ferndale have long been reserved mainly for residential and industrial businesses, in recent years the area has seen more food and beverage developments. Specialty butcher shop Farm Field Table opened last year near Woodward Heights and is set to be joined by a chocolate and cheese purveyor later this fall. Nearby, Urbanrest Brewing Company also open its doors in the neighborhood last summer.

Pleasant Ridge City Commission Iron Ridge Proposal [Official]
Brewery, Market, Residences Planned in $32 Million Project in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge [Crain’s]
Iron Ridge District Website [Official]
Iron Ridge Marketplace Facebook [Official]
All Developments Coverage [ED]