The site of an abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky will be repurposed into an innovative 24-acre community farming hub by Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the $50M facility -- called "the Food Port" -- which is set to break ground in the summer.
The masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces for a kitchen incubator, urban farming, and a recycling center. There will also be a plaza where farmers can sell their goods and a dedicated area for food trucks.
"The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating," said OMA's Shohei Shigematsu. The project is expected to bring 200 new jobs to Louisville -- not to mention plenty of delicious local produce!
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