Public Participation to Drive Design Elements for the Battle Creek Downtown Transformation Infrastructure

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Battle Creek merchants, artists and citizens are being invited to participate in three special workshops on December 17, 2009 and a follow up session on January 14, 2010 to determine the design elements of the downtown infrastructure.

City planners took a close look at the comments and suggestions from the public forum and are responding to the top suggestion that more public participation is needed for the design elements of the downtown streetscapes...

Battle Creek merchants, artists and citizens are being invited to participate in three special workshops on December 17, 2009 and a follow up session on January 14, 2010 to determine the design elements of the downtown infrastructure. The workshops are the part of Battle Creek Unlimited's ongoing community input process.

Citizens who attended the public forum and provided contact information at the registration desk are invited to participate in the infrastructure design workshops in mid-December. Their guidance will help architects draw up three concepts, and participants will be invited back in mid-January to rank their favorites for implementation.

Battle Creek Unlimited and community stakeholders announced the ambitious $85 million transformation plan in November 2008 to leverage current and future investments in food science, education and city infrastructure. The downtown transformation includes commitments by Kellogg Company, Battle Creek Public Schools and the city to occupy space downtown.

Battle Creek’s downtown transformation includes four strategic and comprehensive pillars: food protection, Kellogg, education and infrastructure. Last month, Business Review West Michigan named the city’s downtown transformation initiative as the “2009 Deal of the Year” in the category of development and construction.

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.

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