425 Oak Street, Kalamazoo
Name: Vine Neighborhood Association
Located at 425 Oak Street in Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood, the Oak Street Garden rests on the site of the former Oak Street Market, a convenience store that fell into disrepair before announcing foreclosure and closing its doors in 2009. Thanks to resident support as well as funding from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Vine Neighborhood Association, the market was demolished in fall of 2013. Since then, Vine residents and other Kalamazoo community members have been working together to transform 425 Oak Street into a space of neighborhood pride and growth. The hope is that the new community garden will not only make fresh, healthy foods more accessible in Vine but will also provide a place for neighbors to cultivate lasting ties.