FAQ Category: Food Innovation District

What can I do if I have property around the light rail station to support the FID?

The District offers multiple opportunities to be strategic about planning the future of the area. As we bring the concept to implementation, the more land available to plan with, the easier it is to project the various programing and design the best fit for various activities (aggregation, co-packing, light manufacturing, incubation, education, research, retail, community amenities, etc…). Contact us to see how your property can participate in the overall vision, and how we can help you anticipate zoning changes to benefit your investment in the...

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Why does zoning matter?

While Planning establishes the community’s vision for its future, Zoning puts the plan into operation. It designates different zoning district for different uses. Food Innovation Districts will contain a myriad of food-related uses, from restaurants and retail to wholesale activities, light manufacturing, research, residential living, and urban agriculture. The potential mix is broad enough that a community may need to amend existing zoning to allow for the combination of potential district uses to occur in the same...

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What’s the difference between the Food Innovation District (FID) and the Food Innovation Center (FIC)?

The Rainier Beach Food Innovation District (FID) is a geographic concentration of food-oriented businesses, services, and community activities that local governments support through planning and economic development initiatives in order to promote a positive business environment, spur regional food system development, and increase access to local food. Food Innovation Districts connect and catalyze emerging clusters of food and agriculture activity. Benefits include new jobs, healthy food options, and a “sense of place” that regions increasingly need for success in the 21st century. The Food innovation Center (FIC) is intended as the catalytic venue for the District, featuring vocational training, Food processing, as well as community assets such gathering hall, community kitchen and...

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