This site was originally agricultural with an apparent farm house near the southwest corner of the property. Sometime between 1952 and 1956, the property was developed as a school, and was operated by Traverse City Area Public Schools(TCAPS) as Long Lake Elementary School.
Food For Thought acquired the former Long Lake Elementary School. They did selective demolition, remodeling, and addition construction of the building for their primary production facility. Food For Thought, a specialty manufacturer of jams, salsas, sauces, honey, and condiments. In addition, the Center consists of additional rental spaces for food related businesses, offices, classrooms, and a retail store for products produced at the facility.
Continued partnership with the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance and the Taste a Local Difference Program helps leverage the success of current tenants of the Food Hub at Barlow by providing “2nd stage” space for young and growing agri-business ventures interested in additional space and the benefits of co-location with a well-established value-added food production enterprise. Additionally, the sites retail outlet features products manufactured on site, and will be available to those tenants who elect to utilize Food For Thought for manufacturing of their products.
This project took an older abandoned school outside the city limits with zero taxable value and turned it into a thriving business with taxable value of over 1.3 million in 2019.