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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
    vative leaders, and business-targeted resources during the last few months, I continue to recommend that you live it up in our city – albeit while wear- ing a face mask, and practicing social distancing.
We funded this program with dollars passed through the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority and the city’s Downtown Development Au- thority – money the city uses to support small business development commu- nity-wide. This is part of the economic development fund we use to support businesses across Battle Creek.
As you support our downtown restaurants, if you would rather enjoy the space of the outdoors this summer, please visit the State Street Commons. This temporary, outdoor dining area in the State Street Parking Lot welcomes you with flowers, shade umbrellas, and river-view picnic tables to enjoy our downtown.
We also are placing picnic tables in city rights-of-way near downtown restau- rants Barista Blues, Rafaynee, Pastrami Joe’s, Schlotzky’s, and Café Rica, to add additional outdoor seating. This creates more opportunities for you to order take- out food and eat outdoors – restaurants will not provide service to these tables. It is like adding a park bench to a sidewalk. Please note that the alcohol that will be allowed in the State Street Commons is not allowed at these tables.
With the nicer, summer weather, we also can support the community and our businesses at some of our typical outdoor events! Vibe@5 is rocking on Fridays
at Friendship Park, and we enjoyed the first Food Truck Friday in July. The next Food Truck Friday is August 14 at Fes- tival Market Square. Maximum capacity at these events is 100, so come early!
As you read this, it is likely that Commons visitors can order alcohol
in a special container from the Griffin Grill and Pub, the Cricket Club, and Kitchen Proper, and drink it outside. In July, the City Commission authorized these “Social Districts” downtown, for on-premises liquor license holders to provide alcohol in those common areas. After commission approval, they had to seek permits from the Liquor Control Commission.
Remember to stock up on local food items at the ongoing Battle Creek Farmers Market (FMS), also at FMS, on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.
We encouraged all of our neigh- bors and visitors to “Live it up!”
in our city before the COVID-19. Thanks to great ideas from inno-
Columbia Avenue, Capital Avenue SW, and West Michigan Avenue.
“Live it up!”
 I am thrilled that, through our Small Business Development team, we were able to support 47 small businesses, with about $180,000 of rent and mort- gage assistance in May and June. With the funding available, we were able to support all qualified applicants to this program, within four target commercial districts in the city – Beckley Road,
Another way to continue supporting local restaurants is through EatsBC. com, the online food ordering site created locally. As I write this, you
can choose from 14 Battle Creek area restaurants, for pickup or delivery. Thank you for supporting small
businesses in and around the City of Battle Creek. Together, we keep our community strong.
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