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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.





A Community Conversation about Community Education

Author: ImagineFlint
On March 9th, 2013, more than 450 residents and community stakeholders turned out to Mott Community College’s Ballenger Field House to help craft the Vision and Guiding Principles of the Imagine Flint Master Plan. One of the dominant themes that emerged from this meeting was the need for expanded access to quality educational opportunities for all of Flint’s residents. Over the course of many community workshops, throughout the Master Plan process, residents and stakeholders repeatedly expressed a desire to see Flint return to the model of community education that once made Flint Community Schools among the best in the nation – a community education model that began right here in Flint!

In response to this growing demand, Flint Community Schools and the City of Flint are partnering together to host a city-wide Community Education Workshop aimed at identifying what exactly Community Education means to Flint residents. Consensus will be generated based on small round table discussion and real-time polling and data collection. Lunch will be provided for the event, as well as transportation and on-site childcare. The workshop will be held on June 7th from 10 am – 2 pm at Flint Southwestern Classical Academy. This workshop is a tremendous opportunity for residents to assist the Flint Community Schools with generating a vision for the future of community education in our city. “The reinstitution of a sustainable form of community education through K-12 schools, community centers, and early learning sites” was identified as a key strategy in the Economic Development and Education chapter of the Master Plan, and this workshop marks a significant first step towards realizing that goal.

For more information, or to register for the workshop please contact:

Vincent Slocum
(810)766-7426 ext. 3029

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Draft 5-Year Blight Elimination Framework Released

Author: ImagineFlint
A guiding principle of the Master Plan is addressing the Quality of Life within Flint neighborhoods for Flint residents. Blight Elimination is critical to changing Flint's image, and it must eliminate Blight and Urban Decay and enact an aggressive City-Wide anti-blight campaign. 

This campaign has begun with the completion of a Five-Year Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework draft.  The goal of the Framework is to stabilize Flint's population by eliminating blight in neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for residents while focusing on seven key activities for blight elimination.  These include: demolition, code enforcement, waste removal, mowing, boarding, vacant lot reuse, and building rehabilitation and redevelopment.

As the five-year cost of removing blight in Flint is estimated at roughly $112 million, the Framework proposes collaborative blight elimination between residents, local government, institutions, community groups, and businesses and developers. View the Framework.
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Conceptual Zoning Framework Released

Author: ImagineFlint

The conceptual zoning framework was presented to the Master Plan Steering Committee on Tuesday, April 1. The framework details the proposed Zoning Districts (Master Plan Land Use Place Types) with summaries. This is a working document, that will be undergoing further review and revision prior to the draft zoning code scheduled for late June. View the framework

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15 Things You Can Do To Implement the Master Plan

Author: ImagineFlint

Want to know how you can begin implementing the Imagine Flint Master Plan in your community? Here are fifteen simple ways that you can make a difference within your neighborhood and help create a Sustainable and Equitable Flint based on the many community developed objectives of the City's new Master Plan.

15 Things You Can Do To Implement the Master Plan

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Grand Traverse Greenway Design Workshops

Author: ImagineFlint

On March 18th and 19th, the Imagine Flint team will be hosting a series of design workshops for the proposed Grand Traverse Greenway Trail. We would like to invite all of you to come out to Word of Life Church on Atherton Rd. on March 18th 5-7 pm and on March 19th 11-1 pm. For questions please contact:

Vincent Slocum                                                                                                                                                      766-7426 ext. 3029 

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