The Downtown Transformation Initiative laid the groundwork for a long-term transformation of Battle Creek with public and private resources over multiple years to revitalize downtown Battle Creek. The Initiative ran from November 2008 to November 2012 and was built upon four areas:
Upon the completion of the four-year initiative, a remarkable number of positive developments and improvements have occurred, with many exciting opportunities unfolding on a daily basis. Momentum is building...stay tuned for new announcements as they are revealed.
Current projects underway in downtown Battle Creek:
Recently completed projects in downtown Battle Creek:
Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center Relocation
The Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center is the top high school math and science center in Michigan. As part of our innovation growth strategy, talent development and attraction is vital to our community's growth. Groundbreaking on the new facility in downtown occurred in November 2011. The facility was open to students in September 2013.
Streetscape & Water Main Construction Project
The streetscape enhancements and water main project on Michigan Avenue began in April 2011 and were completed in November 2012. The enhancements created a more attractive and welcoming environment.
Intermodal Station (AMTRAK/Greyhound & City Bus Transfer Station) Renovations
The Intermodal Station was reinvigorated by reallocating space to undersized areas and giving the station a new interior and exterior look. The interior areas were reorganized to better reflect the current uses and traffic patterns. The lobby received new, more functional furnishings as well as technology and security upgrades. The project started in Fall 2011 and was completed in the Summer of 2012.
As part of the Downtown Transformation Initiative, gateway improvements to add new lighting and art screen displays were installed on M-66 as it enters downtown Battle Creek. The project started in 2010 and was completed in Spring 2012.
As part of the Downtown transformation Initiative, the seven bridges that cross over two rivers in downtown Battle Creek were lit to highlight this community asset. The lights on the bridges are programmable to allow for seasonal and promotional uses. The project started in 2010 and was completed in December 2012.