Lots of Downtown Activity on May 1st!
April 2019 is history, thank goodness, and with a new month comes lots of activity in downtown Battle Creek.
May 1st is the season opening of BC Cargp, and the Farmer's Market. The rain held off, and temperature rose, and it was really a decent day to be downtown over the lunch hour. The vendors were out at the Farmer's Market in Festival Market Square for the first time in 2019. There weren't a lot of veggies yet, although there was some fat, fresh asparagus! There were pies and other baked goods, and hot food for lunch and some plants to put in the garden too! This year the Farmer's Market is open an hour later, from 9am to 2pm on Wednesday. And the Market will be open on Friday's 3pm-7pm, instead of Saturday.
BC Cargo also opened today, with all seven cargo containers occupied. See the list here.
Downtown development specialist John Hart says it will be expanding even more. He says the city commission is looking at an ordinance that will allow food carts downtown, including BC Cargo location at the corner of Hamblin and McCamly, and he says they already have a couple ready to go. He says other startups could be moving into the space, using popup tents.
Another attraction downtown today is the continuing demolition of the former Shrank's Cafeteria. Crews were demolishing the second structure, to the west, today. Planners hope for a future development at the site that could feature housing and retail space.