Battle Creek — A development group is offering up to $200,000 to help attract a brewery or distillery to a southern Michigan city.
Battle Creek’s downtown has lacked any brewpubs or distilleries since the last one shut down in August. City development director John Hart tells WOOD-TV that several downtown buildings are currently vacant and available for such projects.
Battle Creek Unlimited president Joe Sobieralski says the nonprofit group is open to helping a brewer or distiller with buying equipment or leasing a building.
The group has several minimum qualifications, including a requirement that applicants show they have the ability to secure capital beyond the awarded money.