Mitigating blight and building community pride in a legacy city: lessons learned from a land bankís clean and green programme (date: 10/24/2016)
Property abandonment presents pervasive problems for legacy cities, but land bank-oriented greening programmes that engage residents – including youth – in improving neighbourhood conditions provide the opportunity to mitigate the consequences of property abandonment. Diminishing the negative effects of vacant properties is essential for improving the health and well-being of residents in these cities. This research examines the impact of a vacant land greening programme in the Rust Belt city of Flint, MI, through interviews with thirty-three participating community groups. Participants believed that the programme was effective at mitigating blight and building community pride. These results are directly applicable to the development of future blight elimination programmes throughout the region.
Amid Flintís water crisis, a quiet success story (date: 11/19/2015)
Over the past year, as Detroit officials came under fire for fluctuating demolition costs and the Flint water contamination crisis was widely publicized, Flint has been making quiet progress on another front.
Alternative Groundcovers in Action (date: 11/3/2015)
This initiative by the Genesee County Land Bank to reduce open space maintenance costs has planted Dutch White Clover on 1800 lots in Flint.
Hotel's pending demolition expected to benefit economy (date: 10/26/2015)
MT. MORRIS, MI (WNEM) - It's a hotel that looks almost as hospitable as a haunted house.
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Nearly 1,800 vacant and blighted houses have been demolished in recent years under the largest blight-elimination program in Flint history, officials announced Monday, June 8.
Flint nearing end of major blight-elimination program (date: 6/5/2015)
Flint is nearing the end of a major blight-elimination program and additional demolitions are planned this month as part of the effort.
The state is sending $2.6 million in federal funds here to demolish blighted homes in the historic Civic Park neighborhood in northwest Flint, an area where General Motors once used assembly-line techniques to quickly build nearly 1,000 homes for workers in a single construction season.
County land bank to get $2.6 million for blight elimination, demolition in Flint neighborhood (date: 9/10/2014)
The Genesee County Land Bank announced Wednesday that it has been awarded $2.6 million to demolish vacant houses and eradicate blight in Flint's Civic Park neighborhood.
Remediating the Past and Writing the Future in Flint (date: 7/29/2014)
Most auto jobs in Flint are gone, but the city is still saddled with unhappy souvenirs of an industrial past. What comes next for the Vehicle City?
MSHDA Investing $2.5 Million in Blight Removal in Five Michigan Counties Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2079993#ixzz38rIQV4Rl (date: 7/25/2014)
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced six recipients will receive Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) funding income. The $2.55 million awarded in the first funding round will help finance blight demolition and senior housing projects in Berrien, Calhoun, Genesee, Ingham and Kalamazoo counties.
EPA cleans up contaminated soil in Mid-Michigan (date: 6/19/2014)
The EPA has set up a decontamination operation at the site of a former Mid-Michigan dry cleaners. The agency says it could be a month before the property is cleaned up.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., toured Flint's Civic Park neighborhood Monday, May 5, getting a first-hand look at a pilot program that aims to improve the appearance of vacant homes.
'Chevy in the Hole' redesign plans detailed for Flint park (date: 4/14/2014)
Planning continues for the site of a former General Motors manufacturing complex in Flint known as “Chevy in the Hole” to be transformed into parkland, officials said
Thursday, Flint and the Genesee County Land Bank will share a site design plan for the old Chevy in the Hole site.
Million-dollar properties on tax foreclosure list in Genesee County (date: 2/24/2014)
The long list of properties sliding toward tax foreclosure on March 31 is littered with parcels valued at no more than a few hundred dollars, but with just weeks for owners to settle their tax debts, there are also nine prize parcels that assessors say are worth more than $1 million each.