Ferndale is hopping on the development front. One of the latest is the redevelopment of the Wing Hing Inn at 1820 East 9 Mile Road, just west of I-75.
The space is going to become “Detroit Fleat,” a food truck park that also will have a bar that they’re calling a “boozery.”
They bill themselves as Metro Detroit’s first food truck park, and pulled tried and true ideas from other cities for the concept.
“One of our partners has family members who lives in Portland where Food truck Parks and Pods are everywhere,” said entrepreneur Aaron Tye. “There is also a great well known food truck park called the Little Fleet in Traverse City that we drew inspiration from.”
The idea was born in a way out of necessity. Outside of food-truck friendly events like what is held often in Campus Martius that’s orchestrated by Bedrock and Campus Martius, there’s no regular place in the Detroit region to find food trucks.
“Three years ago we started a food truck here in the metro Detroit area and we quickly realized that to grow the food truck scene we needed to find a permanent location where customers could always find us,” said Tye.
They’re shooting to open this summer, and as our friends over at the 8 Wood Blog have already reported, they’re official and have city approval.
It seems like Ferndale is moving quicker in opening doors for food trucks in ways that the city of Detroit’s government, who has debated food truck pods and an ordinance for awhile with little action, won’t.
If you have a food truck and would like to get in on the action, Detroit Fleat has a form on their website to be considered. Also, their Facebook page is here.