Battle Creek Unlimited and The City of Battle Creek Accept Funding for Gateway Project to Beautify City’s Roadway Entrance

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Battle Creek Unlimited today announced that the City of Battle Creek has been awarded $142,000 in grant funding by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funds, which are part of the federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding to assist key redevelopment projects, will be utilized to beautify the city’s Gateway project along I-94/M-66 (Sojourner Truth Parkway) from the Dickman Road overpass to Hamblin Avenue.

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We are proud of this milestone in the downtown transformation project

Battle Creek Unlimited today announced that the City of Battle Creek has been awarded $142,000 in grant funding by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funds, which are part of the federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding to assist key redevelopment projects, will be utilized to beautify the city’s Gateway project along I-94/M-66 (Sojourner Truth Parkway) from the Dickman Road overpass to Hamblin Avenue.

The new grant funding is part of Battle Creek’s successful effort to attract public and private funding to support the city’s downtown transformation. Infrastructure is one of the four strategic pillars to attract more businesses, residents and events to Battle Creek and Calhoun County. An improved Gateway will work in tandem with the other three strategic pillars, which include Kellogg’s, food protection and education.

TE grants provide a maximum of 80 percent of the money required for each project, with the remainder coming from state and local government, and the private sector. The total cost of improvements for the Gateway project is estimated at $355,000.

“We are proud of this milestone in the downtown transformation project,” said Cheryl Beard, technology marketing director for Battle Creek Unlimited. “The Gateway project has added pride for our community, because it will feature local children’s artwork replicated by a metal fabricator.”

The Gateway is constructed with 300 linear feet of steel mesh screening that is designed to beautify the highway and accommodate public art. The Gateway medallion art pieces were the brainchild of eight talented local students who won a citywide art competition. Judges selected the winners based on creativity to portray one of four themes: healthy lifestyles, Battle Creek history, recreation, or industry.

The Gateway installation’s construction is scheduled to begin in late spring 2010, and will be guided by the State of Michigan.

About Battle Creek Unlimited
Battle Creek Unlimited is the economic development organization that works with the City of Battle Creek to transform and diversify the Battle Creek economy. The organization encourages business formation and investment in technology, coupled with a continuing supply of real estate and infrastructure to support technology workplaces. For more information, visit http://www.bcunlimited.org/transformation.

Contact:
Cheryl Beard
Battle Creek Unlimited
269.962.7526
Beard(at)bcunlimited(dot)org

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