Downtown Flint may see another major upgrade as Hilton is proposing a new 100 room hotel and restaurant.

The idea is in the very early stages, but is already being pitched to the Flint City Council.

The Hilton Garden Inn would use the vacant Genesee County State Savings Bank building located on S. Saginaw and Kearsley St in Downtown.

Much of the potential for the Hilton to be opened in Flint depends on some property tax exemptions that the hotel could receive. They would be eligible for the tax break under the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act.

There is still a lot of work to go, but the Flint City Council voted to discuss the project at their next meeting on Monday the 25th. You can see the artists rendition of the new Hilton here.

The big question here is, "Who is going to come to stay in Downtown Flint, and why?"  I'm not trying to bag on the idea, because I would LOVE to see a new addition to downtown.  What I don't want to see is a big business come into Flint, and be forced to shut down in 3 years.

Flint is definitely on the rise, but there are still many problems in the city. I'm not an expert at all, so my question is what should come first?  A stable city economy or the big business to bring in money to help boost the stability?

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