Why haven’t there been more giant developments in Battle Creek? Why are no large skyscrapers being built? They could build skyscrapers downtown, on Beckley Road, by the airport. And more malls in these areas. Much more fun and recreational activities are necessary. Crosswalk, stoplight, and sidewalk work on Capital SW and Beckley are needed. (Full question.)
-Skyscrapers can be a useful development in urban core areas. Currently, developers have not approached us with interest in high-rise developments. Many consider Battle Creek a small town, at 51,500 people, and high-rise developers often are looking for more density of people. Skyscrapers near the Battle Creek Executive Airport would be prohibited, per Federal Aviation Administration regulations; only the air traffic control tower is allowed in this area.
-With the change in trends of how consumers buy goods, the traditional mall designs are becoming obsolete. Walkable spaces and easy access in and out for retail options certainly are things we are looking into.
-The city is always analyzing our sidewalks and non-motorized options. We will continue to add sidewalks as funding allows, with high priorities around schools, neighborhoods, and other gathering places.
-Recreational opportunities are a great offering in any vibrant community. Battle Creek is fortunate to have many beautiful parks (both for humans and dogs), the Linear Park and other trails, Full Blast Recreation Center, softball and baseball fields, and two beautiful rivers. In addition, we are excited for Battle Rock (climbing walls and adventure sports) construction to begin downtown, and to find more ways to access our rivers for recreational purposes.