art deco http://michiganradio.org en Battle Creek looks to use special tax district to revitalize a downtown landmark http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-looks-use-special-tax-district-revitalize-downtown-landmark <p>An historic landmark in downtown Battle Creek may be rehabilitated.&nbsp;The art deco Heritage Tower was built between 1930 and 1931 to house Battle Creek’s oldest bank.</p><p>Over the decades, the building has changed owners and names.&nbsp;In recent years, the building has fallen into disrepair. Its upper floors have been condemned, and it no longer has tenants.</p><p>A Grand Rapids company bought the tower earlier this year.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 04:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13569 at http://michiganradio.org Battle Creek looks to use special tax district to revitalize a downtown landmark Tower without power now has power again http://michiganradio.org/post/tower-without-power-now-has-power-again <p>Update 4:15pm</p><p>The power is back on at Battle Creek&#39;s Heritage Tower.&nbsp;</p><p>Consumer Energy shut off electricity to the building due to a dispute with the 80 year old building&#39;s owner.&nbsp;</p><p>The power outage affected wireless and 911 service in part of Battle Creek.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The utility issued a statement after restoring power to the tower:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Consumers Energy understands how important it is to the city of Battle Creek to have a fully functioning 911 system and cellular telephone service. Finding a solution to this issue was a priority for us, and we worked closely with the local officials and many others to find this temporary solution.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Original Post&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:48pm</p><p>A power outage this week could force the last tenants out of <a href="http://www.heritagebattlecreek.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=68&amp;Itemid=70">Battle Creek&rsquo;s Heritage Tower</a>. The owner apparently failed to pay the building&rsquo;s utility bill.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The 80 -year-old Heritage Tower is acknowledged as an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_deco_buildings">Art Deco</a> gem. But in recent years, various problems have left the 19-story building largely vacant.</p><p>Cheryl Beard is with <a href="http://www.bcunlimited.org/home">Battle Creek Unlimited</a>. She says the economic development group is willing to work with the owner to help bring the city&rsquo;s iconic downtown tower back to life.</p><p>&ldquo;If the owner is interested in selling&hellip;maybe we look for parties that are interested in acquiring it. If that&rsquo;s what they desire,&rdquo; says Beard, &ldquo;Or with coming up with a plan for redevelopment and searching for tenants.&rdquo;</p><p>Efforts to contact the Florida business that owns the Heritage Tower have been unsuccessful. Thu, 10 May 2012 20:16:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7405 at http://michiganradio.org Tower without power now has power again