Environmental team looks to breath new life into Buick City

James Williams retired from the Buick City plant and now owns J's Bar & Grill across the street from the site.

Cleaning up and creating new jobs--that's what the R.A.C.E.R. Trust group says it's doing at dozens of former General Motors sites.

The group is holding two meetings Tuesday to update neighbors on the clean-up progress.

R.A.C.E.R. trust officials say not only are they cleaning up the toxins from the former Buick City site, they've got some interest from prospective tenants.

James Williams knows the ins and outs of the former Buick City plant.

â??Everything was good when I was working there,â?? says Williams.

The Buick retiree now makes his days tending bar across the street.

â??It's just dead,â?? says Williams about the site. â??Nothing,â?? he adds.

Williams hopes the 400 acres of nothing becomes something. Heâ??s waiting for the trickle down effect.

â??We would probably have people stopping in the bar for food, drinks, stuff like that,â?? he adds.

Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust (RACER), the environmental team given $150 million to cleanup former GM sites across Michigan, says Williams might be getting a new view.

"We have sufficient funding to complete the clean-up work so that the properties can be put back to new use,â?? says Grant Trigger, clean-up manager for R.A.C.E.R. â??We're working as hard as we can to bring new jobs,â?? he adds.

Thatâ??s a prayer pastor Lewis Randolph's been making for years.

â??That would be a blessing for our city because we need jobs for our people,â?? says the leader of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

The church sits directly across from Buick City.

While the land may not relive its glory days, Randolph says every little bit helps.

â??If people got somewhere to go to work, then you cut down on the violence and the things going on in our city,â?? says Randolph.

Thatâ??s something a bartender and a preacher can agree on.

â??Just hoping and waiting,â?? says Williams.

â??I hope this area becomes a blessing again for the people of the city of Flint, â??says Randolph.

R.A.C.E.R trust officials say they can't announce who has expressed interest in Buick City just yet but officials say neighbors city can expect to see heavy machinery very soon.