Guests at the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s Harvestfest Detroit celebration on Oct. 21 will get a preview of the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, a retail and entertainment gathering space comprised of nine repurposed shipping containers. The preview takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature music, artisans, food vendors, and a biergarten.
The Freight Yard Project is a partnership between the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Build Institute, Lawrence Technological University, Western International High School, Ponyride, and Goundswell Design Group. Students from both institutions were involved in the Freight Yard, from conceptualization, fabricating pieces off-site, and installing the shipping containers on-site. Much of the off-site work took place at Ponyride, a Detroit incubator where emerging entrepreneurs and artists can start their businesses.
“The Freight Yard will transform the way people interact with the Dequindre Cut,” says Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “The Cut is perfect for recreation and exercise, and as a connection between Eastern Market and the riverfront. The Freight Yard will provide a local food destination at the Cut and serve as a hub for local entrepreneurs.”
Located along the Dequindre Cut Greenway between Wilkins and Division streets, the Freight Yard features nine shipping containers that are installed in a pattern that combines form and function. The Hub is the centerpiece of the installation and features five shipping containers stacked on top of each other to house a DJ booth and retail space. Lighting treatments, creative furnishings, and the work of local artists are also added to the space.
The event will also include the Comfort Café food truck, featured beers from Atwater Brewery, exhibitions by local artists, and live music by DJ Emmett. The event is complimentary with food and drink available for purchase.
A grand opening of the Freight Yard is scheduled for spring 2018 and will serve as a weekend gathering space featuring refreshments, entertainment, retail, and a pedestrian market. More information can be found here.