Battle Creek Updates Schedule for Downtown Infrastructure Construction and Streetscape Installations

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The City of Battle Creek and Battle Creek Unlimited are updating the plans for the downtown infrastructure construction and installation of a new water-history themed streetscape.

The City of Battle Creek and Battle Creek Unlimited are updating the plans for the downtown infrastructure construction and installation of a new water-history themed streetscape.

Construction of the access drive to Jackson Street in downtown Battle Creek will occur later this year. The City of Battle Creek has been working with Battle Creek Unlimited, Beta Design, and area property owners on a second access point to the Jackson Street Parking Lot from Michigan Avenue.

The area will provide access to local merchants and Kellogg Company’s growing downtown headquarters campus. The sculpture and seating areas will be relocated during the construction for safety and future use. Construction completion will be announced once a contract has been awarded.

The city and BCU are moving forward to install the water-history themed streetscape. Additional time is necessary to select materials, obtain appropriate approvals and complete required construction documents for upcoming public bidding and contract awards. This bidding process is now expected to begin in December 2010.

The streetscape construction had been scheduled for three phases, beginning in September 2010 and ending by September 2011. With the updated plans, the majority of construction is now expected to be completed by October 2011.

The final streetscape will include pathways and sidewalks that connect an urban, pedestrian-oriented environment that is comfortable, lively and safe. The sidewalks will be designed to provide shade, seating, landscape, and art. It will be mindful of the environment, incorporating recycled materials and sustainable products, such as energy efficient LED lighting and anchor plantings.

The final streetscape concept was made possible by many residents who openly shared their thoughts, experiences and hopes for the city. Using input, landscape architects matched ideas with requirements for streetscape longevity, compliance, cost, walkability, safety, sustainability, technology and entertainment.

These construction and infrastructure projects are part of the Downtown Battle Creek Transformation. The strategy consists of four pillars to attract businesses, jobs, educators and more people to our downtown. The pillars concentrate on private investment, an emerging food protection industry, downtown-based education and a strong infrastructure, which includes a new streetscape. For more information, visit http://www.bcunlimited.org/transformation.

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