Developer reviving Heritage Tower in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — An iconic tower in downtown Battle Creek may have been at the point of no return until a new owner stepped in to salvage it. 

The Heritage Tower in downtown Battle Creek has sat empty for several years. Time and neglect have taken their toll. 

“(It’s) a building full of mold,” said Mark Harmsen, who owns MDH Development. “Up to a year ago, you had to walk in with a Hazmat suit and a respirator to even go in the building.”

It wasn’t always that way. The building — which is still Battle Creek’s tallest — opened in 1931. The tower’s escalators were a leading city attraction, and it boasted some of the best art deco in the Midwest. 

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