Former Oscar Mayer plant seen as possible location for regional food terminal facility
Aiming to bolster the flow of regional products into Madison, the city is exploring the feasibility of using part of the former Oscar Mayer plant as a wholesale food distribution and storage facility.
The city last week selected a Maryland consultant to examine the food facility concept, budgeting up to $100,000 for the work. The envisioned facility would be a wholesale hub that would serve suppliers and purchasers and include loading docks, warehouses and cold storage for short-term use.
Given the ongoing effort to reuse and revitalize the former Oscar Mayer buildings and the necessary infrastructure for such a food terminal already in place, the East Side property is one of three sites the consultant — Agricultural and Community Development Services — will study, said George Reistad, the city’s food policy coordinator.