A new grant will help the Genesee County Land Bank remove some blight around the city.

The Mott Foundation has just awarded a $76,000 grant to the Genesee County Land Bank to help remove blight from the city of Flint. The Flint Police Foundation will also be partnering with the Genesee County Land Bank in these efforts to clean up the city and make improvements. The Flint Police Foundation is a non-profit foundation that was created to support police crime-fighting techniques in Flint.

We have probably about 2500 properties that still need to be demolished that just we own. And probably there’s around 4500 properties total that between the land bank and privately owned structures that need to be demolished...We’ve had a lot of support from the city on this agenda item. We’re going to work diligently with our partners who are working on blight elimination within the city...said Genesee County Land Bank Executive Director Michael Freeman. 

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Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said...

It’s everybody’s fight. We need to stop the illegal dumpers. The city of Flint is taking a hard line there. And then we have to identify all the blighted problems that we have. And with the philanthropic, the landbank is now creating a mechanism to be able to identify where we are so we can have a better attack plan to resolve this very, very serious issue in our community.

This is a great thing for everyone in Genesee County. Cleaning up the City of Flint will definitely make us all feel better and have more pride in our area.

Source: ABC 12


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