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Blight Elimination Workshops

Author: ImagineFlint

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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July Blight Elimination Ward Workshops

Author: ImagineFlint

The City of Flint Imagine Flint team is hard at work this summer. The June 7th Community Conversation about Community Education workshop with Flint Community Schools was a huge success. A big thank you to the 300 residents and community members who participated. Great discussions were had and important conclusions and themes were drawn. Click here to see the final report of the workshop.  

 As part of our continuing efforts to implement the Imagine Flint Master Plan, the City of Flint, in partnership with the Genesee County Land Bank, is beginning its roll-out of the City’s newly developed 5-year strategic Blight Elimination Framework. Addressing blight and improving neighborhood quality in the City of Flint was identified as a top priority of the Imagine Flint Master Plan, and the Beyond Blight: 5-year Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework will be used to promote collaborative, complementary, and effective blight elimination by directing blight removal activities. What does ‘blight’ actually mean and what does it look like in the city of Flint? From abandoned properties, decayed buildings, to vacant lots, blight is tangible. Because of the magnitude of these effects, the Beyond Blight Framework calls for collaborative and coordinated blight remediation work as the most direct and probable route to  eliminating blight city-wide in the next 5-years. People seeking progress are needed as blight elimination is a crucial step toward improving quality of life in Flint’s neighborhoods and for Flint’s residents.  The City of Flint Department of Planning and Development would like to invite all residents and community members to this summer’s series of blight elimination workshops. The workshops will explain the Blight Elimination Framework and address the steps to be taken by residents and community members.

Here is list of dates/times/places for the Blight Elimination Workshops, coming to a ward near you!

Ward 1

First Union Baptist Church

-  7004 Fleming Rd., Flint, 48504

-  Thursday, July 17th 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Ward 2

-  Joy Tabernacle Church

-  2505 N. Chevrolet Ave., Flint, 48504

-  Wednesday, July 23rd 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Ward 3

-  Greater Galilee Baptist Church


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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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