Bizon applauds grant for Battle Creek company

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. announced on Thursday that Battle Dog, LLC has been awarded a $968,500 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant.

“This grant is going to benefit not only Battle Dog but downtown Battle Creek as well,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am excited for the growth and revitalization of the city.”

Battle Dog plans to redevelop a vacant historic building and adjacent surface parking lot in downtown Battle Creek into a restaurant with onsite brewing and distilling and a seasonal outdoor beer garden.

The project is expected to result in a total capital investment of more than $4 million. Local support for the project includes a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act tax abatement with an estimated value of $995,000, as well as a $265,000 Real Estate Connection grant and a $250,000 development grant from Battle Creek Unlimited.

“One goal of these grants is to attract talent by transforming underutilized properties into vibrant areas,” Bizon said. “This project will do that as well as meet local objectives by bringing a well-known brewery and restaurant enterprise into the city to act as a commercial anchor.”

The Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) and Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP) are MEDC Business Attraction and Economic Gardening programs supported by a general fund appropriation of the Michigan Strategic Fund.