NewsLocal News / July 31, 2015

Chuck Brewer: Build More Grocery Stores The Same Way Indy Lured Sports and Conventions

The closure of several Double 8 food markets in low-income Indianapolis neighborhoods has the candidates for mayor weighing in on food insecurity.Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis, Chuck Brewer, Food, Indianapolis mayoral race, Election 20152015-07-31T00:00:00-04:00
Chuck Brewer: Build More Grocery Stores The Same Way Indy Lured Sports and Conventions

Chuck Brewer, the Republican candidate for mayor of Indianapolis, standing in front of the recently closed Double 8 market on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 29th Street.

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Republican candidate for mayor, Chuck Brewer has proposed replicating Indianapolis' sports development fund to encourage grocery stores to open in struggling neighborhoods. The surprise closure of several Double 8 food markets in low-income neighborhoods has sparked a conversation about access to fresh produce and quality food.

Brewer says as mayor he would try to create urban food development areas. Sales and income taxes collected in those blocks would be used to entice a grocery store to open. It's a model that was used downtown to encourage professional sports development.

Sales and income taxes collected in those blocks would be used to entice a grocery store to open. Such a development fund would require state legislative approval.

 

 

 

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