Tearing down an eyesore for a new vision of Flint
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:56:45 GMT —
The job is being finished, after trying once already, as part of the land banks $3.7 million push of state funding to get rid of blight.
Over the past five years the apartments have fallen victim to crime. But now, a brighter greener future is being promised to residents.
"This has been an eyesore for us in the city," said Flint resident Shawn Hairston.
The Carpenter Road Apartment's heated history is being stomped out by state funding.
"With the partnership we have had and the fact that people say we couldn't do it we are proving them wrong," said Genesee County Commissioner Omar Simms.
The apartments are not being demolished without reason. The state's blight elimination grant funding the demolition requires the space to improve and stabilize the community.
"It shows that the city has some. Itâ??s showing commitment and itâ??s showing togetherness to get this done," said Hairston.
Leveling the apartments is step one.
"When we tear it down we build back up," said Flint City Councilman Eric Mays.
The lot is being targeted for a low maintenance greening demonstration project meaning low growth clover will be planted in the new lot if it isn't purchased for a different project.
"We are open to ideas. Somebody might want to put a condo in here; somebody might want to have a green space. We are open but it will not be and eyesore thatâ??s for sure," said Simms.
Residents surrounding the former eye sore are seeing a brighter future for the most violent city in America.
"You got crime where ever you go but this goes to show right here that the people on the north side are dedicated trying to make the north side safer," said Hairston.
No plans are official for any construction projects on this property but the First Union Church next door is showing interest in building something for area youth.