Sept. 10, 2019 -- UPDATE
After consultation between the city's Inspections and Fire staffs, and structural/engineering professionals, we have determined that the businesses in the block around 34 E. Michigan Ave. downtown can reopen, and power has been restored.
We have removed the fencing from East Michigan Avenue, though fencing will remain around parts of 34 E. Michigan in case of further building deterioration. We continue to work with the building owner to determine next steps for the building, and expect an initial determination in the next few days.
We will communicate as we have additional information on the situation.
Previous news --
September 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Chief Building Official Richard Bolek, 269-966-3355 x1235
Building conditions at 34 E. Michigan Ave.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — City crews are on site at 34 E. Michigan Ave. to evaluate building conditions.
This afternoon, the city became aware of potentially dangerous conditions at 34 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Battle Creek. Representatives from the city’s Police and Fire Department, Building Inspections, and Department of Public Works are on site assessing the situation to determine the appropriate course of action to maintain safe conditions.
Several businesses along E. Michigan Avenue have been evacuated as a precaution and a fencing perimeter is being established around the building to ensure the safety of businesses and individuals in the area.
The city is working with the property owner to determine next steps and will continue to monitor the situation.
Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.