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Battle Creek business owner working to protect her building
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek business owner says she's stunned the city is about to demolish her building.
Marcia Magiera says she's owned this property on McCamly Street for more than a decade. She says she's spent countless dollars on renovations.
But now, the city has deemed the building 'Dangerous.'
City leaders say they're looking at blighted commercial properties this year, and Magiera's building is one of them.
"I dont know a better location downtown with a better view," said Marcia Magiera, building owner.
Magiera believes this is the reason the city is taking it away from her.
"I'm not interested in selling id like to get a business open in downtown," said Magiera.
She says the city dug this hole last week, to shut off the water, her occupancy permit has been pulled and her building has been deemed dangerous.
"Its got a new $17,000 roof, storefront, new electric, new plumbing," said Magiera.
In 2009 and 2011, Magiera says she was offered $350,000 for the property as part of the downtown revitalization project. That's more than twice what she bought it for, in 1999.
"We ended up acquiring five and probably looked at three to four others," said Karl Dehn, Battle Creek Unlimited.
Despite Magiera showing us her private building inspector's clean bill of health from just last week, city leaders don't buy it.
"The back portion is still open to access. I receive calls weekly with children sneaking into the back section which is dangerous," said Susan Bedsole, Community Services Director.
An area, Magiera claims the city broke into while doing asbestos testing. She showed us a police report she filed, because of it.
"When I asked how they entered they told me they crawled through the rear section in the back," said Magiera.
"We have the right to go into the property and take care of the property. We did have a search warrant," said Bedsole.
Magiera has gone through the appeals process to lift that dangerous label from her property.
"That case was dismissed the judged ruled in favor of the City of Battle Creek," said Bedsole.
"I think it shows how devious the city is how they dont want to work with business owners," said Magiera.
City leaders tell Newschannel 3 they don't know when the demolition will happen, but Magiera would still be the land owner.