The Starting Block

The Starting Block is a home for individuals who want to take a special recipe to market or create a food business.



The Starting Block is a non-profit, regional economic development organization committed to small business development initiatives - for businesses just starting out, or companies outgrowing their current facilities.

We provide entrepreneurs, producers, and processors with properly equipped, licensed, and inspected food processing kitchens at reasonable rentals without the initial investment in costly facilities and equipment.

Commercial Kitchen Rates

If you are looking for a fully equipped, shared commercial kitchen to get your product started in, we are the place for you! The Starting Block offers three commercially licensed shared-use kitchens.
The large kitchen is fully equipped to meet processing needs, the small kitchen can be used for small-scale production, and the third kitchen can be converted for a variety of processing needs such as cheese making, drum drying, or a bottling facility. See the kitchen equipment list below.

Attention Artisan Cheesemakers: The Starting Block now has the capacity for cheesemakers to create artisan cheeses using our new Vat Pasteurizer and Peristaltic Pump!

Kitchen Use

Catering Use

Tabletop Use Only

Office Rates

Office - 90 square feet

Office - 225 square feet

Security Deposit

Warehouse & Storage Rates

Refrigerator, freezer, and dry pallet storage is available for monthly rent. Dry cabinet storage is also available for rent.

Dry Storage - Pallet

Cabinet Storage

Cooler and Freezer Storage - Pallet

Key Deposit (Refundable)

Cooler and Freezer Storage - Cubic Foot

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City of Hart

407 State St. Map
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone: 231-873-2488
Fax: 231-873-0100

City Manager: 231-873-3546
Clerk: 231-923-0012
Accounts Payable: 231-923-3837
Utilities: 231-923-3810
Hart Police Department: 231-923-0696 or 231-923-0851
Central Dispatch: 231-869-5858.

8:00a to 5:00p, Monday-Friday