The East Cut Community Benefit District appreciates your interest in our neighborhood community garden! The project, located at 29 Essex Street behind Rene Cazenave Apartments, was initially conceived in late 2019, with further development in 2020, and is supported by the City’s Community Challenge Grant program, as well as funding from the Guy/Lansing Neighbors, and The East Cut CBD.
The following is the full scope of the community garden project:
- 20 wood garden plots (3 communal, 7 for Rene Cazenave Apartments, 10 for all other residents)
- 6 water spigots
- Tool shed
- Trash & recycling containers
- Community Garden rules sign
- Overhead string lighting w/ solar outlet
- Site planting (lemon tree, perimeter shrubs)
The project reached substantial completion at the end of February 2022! See below for further schedule updates:
Phase 1: October 2021 – March 2022
The East Cut CBD is working to finalize the community garden. In February, volunteer workdays were scheduled to build the 20 wood garden beds and the garden bed lottery was held to randomly select the garden’s first 20 members! Smaller odds and ends are being completed in March, and a ribbon-cutting celebration and gardener orientation will be held in early April!
Phase 2: April 2022 – August 2022
The East Cut CBD will initially be the manager of the garden, working with new gardeners to set up parameters around access and expectations. After the first six months of operation, a Garden Coordinator will be appointed to handle the management of the garden.
Many thanks to our funding partners that have made this project possible:
Community Challenge Grants
East Cut Property Owners
We would also like to thank the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII) that has allowed us to build this project on their property.