The building that once boasted the Shrank's Cafeteria and Catering Company in downtown Battle Creek is set for demolition, and in it's place, a new five-to-six-story 50-unit affordable housing development will be erected. Matthew Hollander, president of Hollander Development, the company in charge of the build said, in an article for the Battle Creek Enquirer, the project is, quote, "conceptual at this point. There’s no timeline on if or when it would proceed.”

Sophia Square, as the project is being called, would consist of a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments at different income-restricted rates; four $256 one-bedroom units, seven $300 two-bedroom apartments, and 13 $928 larger two-bedroom units. The building would boast a fitness room, community room, storage for bicycles, and a roof deck with garden. Ambitious, for sure, but a welcome addition to Battle Creek.