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Arcadia Creek Location: Length Began: Completed: Inspiration:

Downtown Kalamazoo, MI 1,550 feet 1986 1992 The cost of Daylighting is cheaper than replacing underground pipe flood mitigation

Responsible Entity:

City of Kalamazoo Downtown Development Authority


Downtown Kalamazoo Association Charities $7.5 million for daylighting/ 18 million for total


Previously subject to frequent flooding, city engineers predict that Kalamazoo is now protected from anything up to a 500-year flood.

Results The new "Festival Site" now hosts five major summer festivals that generate $12 million in annual revenues. Annual property tax revenues near the creek have risen from $60,000 to $400,000.

Attracting Businesses

05 arcadia creek