Downtown Battle Creek is starting to fill empty buildings! There are five projects expected to be happening in 2019. Here is a little bit more about each of these projects.
Heritage Tower – 25 W Michigan Avenue
The iconic tower in the heart of the downtown will soon be brought back to life. The once thriving bank will feature office and retail space, as well as apartments. The construction on the Heritage tower has already begun and is a visible sign of all the changes happening downtown.
New Holland Brewing Company – 64 W Michigan Avenue
From its beginning as a JCPenney in 1926, 64 W Michigan Avenue will transform to the newest site of New Holland Brewing, one of Michigan’s most popular craft brewpubs. New Holland’s Summer 2019 project will convert an abandoned building into a vibrant brewery, restaurant and beer garden.
Record Box – 15 Carlyle Street
Local community developer, Restore (269), will bring life back to a historic riverfront building as a downtown destination. The project, projected to be completed in Summer 2019, will transform an abandoned building into a multi-use space. The building will be home to a river view office space, third-floor event space, and a craft brewery with outdoor seating.
Battle Rock – 50 W Michigan Avenue
Built in 1959 to replace worn down buildings and used as a JCPenney’s until the 1980’s, 50 W Michigan Avenue will be given new life as a state of the art climbing gym. The local owners are undertaking a significant renovation, including removing and rebuilding the back portion of the building to make space for the height needed to accommodate a climbing gym. The project will be ongoing starting in Winter 2019.
McCamly Plaza Hotel – 50 Capital Avenue SW
McCamly Plaza Hotel will officially become a Hilton DoubleTree Branded hotel in 2019. After extensive renovations, the number of hotel rooms will be reduced from 239 to 179. The lower floor will now be home to approximately 50 apartment units. Renovations are expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019.
*Information taken from the Small Business Development Fund – City of Battle Creek.