The Milton is seen by many Battle Creek residents as the centerpiece of downtown redevelopment on Michigan Avenue.
The first tenants moved into the renovated historic building’s apartments in January. The long-anticipated project was on track to be finished by June.
Then, in March, everything came to a screeching halt due to COVID-19.
“I had to actually stop construction,” developer Mark Harmsen said. “And then, once the governor allowed construction to start again, it took a while to get guys back to the site, so probably four months we got hurt.”
Construction delays weren’t the only problem. People who had planned to move into the new apartments started calling to cancel. Harmsen said many had been hired by Kellogg or other businesses in town and no longer needed to be in Battle Creek for their jobs.
The Milton is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich.