Sprucing up a lot where a blighted house once stood is what made Allen Blickley stand out.
Blickley, a Vietnam War veteran, purchased the lot as part of the Side Lot Sale program, held by the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority.
He and his wife built a garage, planted evergreens along the property line and installed a flag pole.
“I am humbled and honored to receive the Beautiful Battle Creek Award and want to thank the Neighborhood Planning Council and city of Battle Creek for the recognition,” Blickley said.
If you're interested in doing something similar, there are more side lots for sale in Calhoun County.
"Getting side lots back on the tax rolls helps fund local schools and critical services like roads, public safety and programs for seniors and veterans, " said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the bank.