Gem City Market is a member-owned grocery store planned along the 300 to 400 block of Salem Avenue intended to expand access to fresh and healthy food.
Kettering Health said it has donated $400,000 to the Gem City Market through donations to the market’s capital campaign and a network employee membership drive and a matching program, allowing employees to purchase a $100 lifetime Gem City Market membership for $50.
Grocery store organizers hit several recent milestones, including purchasing the land for the store and landing nearly $1 million.
Greater Dayton Premier Management, the local public housing authority, had $997,000 in unused funds that were going to have to be returned to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
However, the federal agency said the money can go toward the new grocery store.
Co-op Dayton, the nonprofit developer of the Gem City Market, is aiming to open the new full-service grocery store in the summer or fall of 2020 and working on getting the last major piece of financing needed, New Markets Tax Credits.