Flint ready to remove blighted homes

Blighted homes, similar to this one, will be taken down in Flint, starting on Monday.

Flint-area officials are starting what they say is the city's largest residential blight removal effort.

Area leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority say the $20.1 million effort will demolish more than 1,600 vacant and foreclosed Flint residential properties. An event is planned Monday to kick off the effort.

The "Blight Blitz" aims to demolish roughly quarter of the city's 5,600 abandoned homes. Demolitions will take place in groups of 50 to 100 houses.

Those involved also include Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, the federal government and Genesee County Land Bank Authority.

The funding stems from $100 million that was allocated to Michigan earlier this year. Other work is in Detroit, Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Pontiac.