Group offering $200K to help Michigan city land brewery

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – 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 our sister station 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.

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