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Battle Creek looks to use special tax district to revitalize a downtown landmark

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

An historic landmark in downtown Battle Creek may be rehabilitated. The art deco Heritage Tower was built between 1930 and 1931 to house Battle Creek’s oldest bank.

Over the decades, the building has changed owners and names. In recent years, the building has fallen into disrepair. Its upper floors have been condemned, and it no longer has tenants.

A Grand Rapids company bought the tower earlier this year.

Ken Tsuchiyama is Battle Creek’s city manager. He says the city commission approved a special tax district last night that should help the new owner redevelop the Heritage Tower.

“That piece of property is arguably the most critical piece of property to downtown development,” says Tsuchiyama. 

At this point, it’s unclear what plans the new owner has for Heritage Tower.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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