Battle Creek neighborhoods are improving
Battle Creek’s neighborhoods have seen promising progress in recent years, and city officials are hopeful the upward trend will continue into the next decade.
From code violations to property values, local neighborhoods have improved for the third consecutive year, indicating a rise out of the foreclosure crisis and a better environment for investments.
Land bank Executive Director Krista Trout-Edwards said officials are now trying alternatives to improve its inventory, comprised of tax-foreclosed properties that are often vacant or in poor condition. The land bank has turned to other options: Its Transform This Home program works to find buyers interested in rehabbing properties, and its Neighborhood Mow and Maintenance program pays organizations to care for vacant parcels. It also works with Habitat for Humanity on some home rehabs.