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Broadway District welcomes urban beehives as part of new sustainable project

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Honeybees will help be a crucial piece to new native perennials

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – There’s a buzz on Broadway and it’s all in helping promote a sustainable downtown.

On Broadway, Inc. are welcoming two colonies of honeybees into their new homes on top of the newly renovated Rail Yard building. These bees will help promote a sustainable downtown and will also be a crucial piece to the health of the new native perennials that will be planted in the Broadway District’s bowls and boxes for summer 2020.

Last fall, On Broadway presented the Urban Beehive Project at Current Young Professionals’ Greater Green Bay S.O.U.P (Support of Urban Projects) and won a micro-grant for this project. Greater Green Bay S.O.U.P is a forum through which community members can share their ideas for how to enhance the quality of life for residents in our communities and participants can vote on their favorite project to receive funding.

“This kind of started when S.O.U.P, which is Support of Urban Projects by Current Young Professionals, it’s a micro-grant program,” says Tawny Casey, Marketing Manager for On Broadway, Inc. “I had pitched the idea of an urban beehive and the community voted on it and it won so we received some funding from that, which made this possible.”

The purchase and installation of the two beehives represent the first undertaking in the City of Green Bay, following in the paths of communities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit that has embraced and are experiencing the benefits of having urban beehives.

“By bringing bees here and helping the flowers grow and pollinate,” said Casey. “It really is kind of beneficial to both the bees and the flowers and it really creates an ecosystem down here that can sustain itself for years to come and I think that’s the ultimate goal in this.”

You can find more information about On Broadway, Inc. on their website right here.

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