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Battle Creek's tallest building is about to get a new roof -- actually 16 of them

Redevelopment of the Heritage Tower, which originally opened its doors in 1931, is moving into the second phase -- replacing all of the roofs on the 19-story Art Deco structure.{ }(WWMT/File)

Redevelopment of the Heritage Tower, which originally opened its doors in 1931, is moving into the second phase -- replacing all of the roofs on the 19-story Art Deco structure.

“The roofing systems on the building are very complicated and in such poor condition that some structural and masonry repair work has to be completed prior to the actual roofing being installed," said Mark Harmsen, the real estate developer leading the project. "In order to stop further deterioration and damage, it’s critical that we make these repairs before winter sets in."

This phase of the project is being funded using a $450,000 low-interest loan from the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

“We are deeply grateful for the financial support from the Battle Creek Community Foundation, which is providing the project with a low-interest loan to complete this work," Harmsen said. "The Foundation recognized the necessity of completing this work before the snow flies and moved quickly to approve a loan. This spirit of community collaboration is enabling us to assemble the resources needed to bring Heritage Tower back to life.”

MDH is leading a group of investors on the $34 million redevelopment of the former bank building into a downtown residential destination that offers retail and office space. Remediation work began on the project in May with support of a $570,000 EPA loan from the City of Battle Creek to remove asbestos and mold from the iconic building.

“This short-term loan protects the building and the remediation work that was recently completed,” said Brenda L. Hunt, President and CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation. “We are pleased to play this role and signal that the development of Heritage Tower is on its way.”


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