Shared-use kitchen expanding to Grove Hall

CropCircle Kitchen (CCK), a nonprofit, shared-use industrial kitchen at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain, is expanding operations to a facility in Grove Hall, according Jen Faigel, a development consultant and board chair of CCK.

The facility at 196 Quincy St. is the former Pearl Meat Factory in Grove Hall, which is on the border of Roxbury and Dorchester, according to a project summary provided by Faigel. The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is working with CCK to redevelop the 2-acre site.

Faigel said that CCK will take on about 13,000 square feet to run its own kitchen, but will also provide management for the whole building.

“We are in the process of closing the financing now,” said Faigel in an email to the Gazette. “[We] should start building renovations this summer and have space available by January 2014.”

CCK has 4,000 square feet at the Brewery Complex at 31 Germania St. and is home to about 40 small and start-up food business. CCK provides kitchen space to businesses that cannot afford to buy or lease a kitchen on their own. CCK currently has about 40 businesses on its waiting list.

That marks a turnaround from 2009 when the nonprofit, under a different owner and name, almost went under. JP residents formed CropCircle to take it over.


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