Demolition began today at the site of the former Michigan State Police post, at Columbia Avenue and LaVista Boulevard, making way for future redevelopment there.
City staff expect the demolition work to take a number of days, with several phases, as crews remove the building and hard surfaces, and seed for grass.
When Michigan State Police closed the Battle Creek post in 2012, the city took back ownership of the property. Last year, the City Commission authorized the city’s sale of the site to a local business owner, contingent on the city’s purchase of adjoining parcels from the State of Michigan, and demolition of the site.
The city purchased the state parcels, and awaited the lifting of state frost restrictions so that heavy equipment could be transported to the site for demolition.
Future use of the site currently is unknown, but it is zoned for mainly commercial uses.
For everyone’s safety, staff ask neighbors and visitors to respect fencing and other means used to secure the site.