Battle Creek gets grant to plant trees; remove blight

Posted at 5:53 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 17:53:58-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Battle Creek is battling blight by making things a little more green and the city is getting some help with funding.

Battle Creek was named as one of five cities across the country to be part of the "Fresh Coast Capital Tree Project."

Battle Creek is the third largest city in Michigan, based on land area.  The project will start at the former Wilson School and more sites will be chosen as they move forward.

The $1 million national investment in Battle Creek will help turn the space into less of an eyesore and make it a public space, according to Christine Zuzga, the Battle Creek Planning Manager.

The new trees will also help the environment by eliminating run-off, removing carbon dioxide from the air and by removing certain metals from the ground.