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Project Summary: The City of Flint and the Flint Housing Commission (FHC) have partnered to address the historic challenges facing the Atherton East public housing development and the surrounding community. The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant helped the City and FHC develop the South Flint Community Plan (SFCP). SFCP is a detailed document outlining projects to implement the Master Plan in a targeted area. The SFCP planning process was community-driven and the final plan details strategies for Housing, Neighborhood and People. The Flint Housing Commission selected Norstar Development to complete the relocation of Atherton East. Funding for this will come from numerous sources. An application was submitted to HUD on November 20, 2017 and awarded to the City and FHC on July 6, 2018 for a $30 Million Implementation Grant to relocate Atherton East and improve education, safety, and economic outcomes for South Flint residents. Phase I development of the new Atherton East, Clark Commons  was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and development will begin in early spring 2019.


Published on Monday, August 04, 2014

Moving Forward

Blight Elimination Workshops

The Planning Department, in partnership with the Land Bank, is pleased to announce the success of the 9 ward workshops held throughout the city last month. Many collaborative thoughts were shared on the issue of blight in Flint’s neighborhoods. The Imagine Flint team would like to extend our deepest thanks to the nearly 400 residents and stakeholders who came out to support efforts toward blight elimination. The goal of each workshop was to provide participants with information regarding the Beyond Blight: Blight Elimination Framework and give them an opportunity to have their questions answered as well as their opinions heard. The participants were asked to share their opinions on neighborhood blocks most in need of blight removal and provide reasoning for that area. They were also asked to vote on the blight removal actions they feel are most important to be done. Lively discussions were had all around, and the Imagine Flint team is especially happy with the overall spirit of community that was on display at each workshop. Residents were asked to fill out surveys and write down the reason for determining their priority blight remediation activities and areas. Feedback received at the workshops is currently being reviewed, and input provided will be taken into consideration before final revisions are made to the Blight Elimination Framework. 

Another positive consequence of the ward workshops was the opportunity to share information about community events and the many ways that residents can be a part of taking blight right in their own neighborhoods. A Neighborhood Resource Calendar was distributed at each of the workshops and can be found here. This is an excellent resource for those dedicated to the work of eliminating blight and improving their communities!

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Author: ImagineFlint

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