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

Jul 17, 2013

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.