LANSING, Mich., June 28, 2022 — State Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) is glad to announce the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved an incentive to support a hotel project in Battle Creek to redevelop an underutilized property located in the heart of downtown. 50 Capital Ave Development Corp. will redevelop a vacant, 15-story former hotel into a 239-room DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.
“I was more than happy to write a letter in support of this economic and property development project. I’m even happier that efforts have come to fruition and this project is moving forward in Battle Creek. This is hugely exciting news for our community,” Haadsma said. “It will add to the continued transformation of our downtown area, helping to bring in more visitors. Furthermore, the project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $45.2 million and create 165 full-time jobs, supported by a $7.5 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based loan participation award. There is no doubt that this development points to an invigorating upswing happening in our growing city.”
More than $16 million in local financial support has been raised for the hotel project with additional funds also leveraged to support the revitalization of the adjacent area. Partners in this transformation include the city of Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, Kellogg Company, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Miller Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation, Battle Creek Bronson Hospital and Battle Creek Unlimited. The project will include a restaurant and green space and outdoor areas accessible to both guests and the public, with the goal of encouraging pedestrian traffic between the hotel and surrounding business district.