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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 Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Economically Strong Means Economically TOGETHER

In order for Flint to be economically strong it means that property owners have to allow businesses to rent, lease, and buy their properties downtown. It means more small businesses providing useful and needed goods – clothes, food, recreational items.  It means larger regional and national business entering downtown to appeal to the thousands of college students.  It means strengthening the downtown so that it can start to finally feed the rest of the city.  It means strengthening neighborhoods and instilling a sense of ownership and investment in the city as a whole.  It means assisting, encouraging, and finding businesses not focused on alcohol sales and consumption to repopulate once abandoned areas.  It means listening to new ideas and aiding people with plans in finding ways to open their businesses.  It means giving meaningful reasons for local businesses to hire people locally when possible.  It means more effective security – with a reduced police force we must creatively find ways to secure properties so owners and patrons can feel they are not in danger at businesses.  It means partnering and publicizing the many events that come to Flint, great and small, and making sure people know about and attend them, as well as attracting other events to the area.  And it means accepting and understanding that the needs of the downtown and the outlying areas may not be the same but that the goals ARE the same.  There is no one path to making Flint economically strong but there are still a lot of people in this city that want to make this a safe, thriving city again, and they just need to feel their efforts are not wasted for the change to really begin.  Change the attitude and you begin to change the culture. 

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