$43.5 Million Secured to Demolish ~2,000 Blighted Structures in Flint and Genesee County
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) creates a unique opportunity to leverage funding from multiple sources to clear blight in neighborhoods. So far, we have secured $43.5 million: $16 million in ARPA from the City of Flint, $8 million in ARPA from the County, $10 million in grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, $4.5 million from the Land Bank and Genesee County Treasurer, and $5 million in Community Project Funding through Congressman Kildee’s office. These funds, combined with additional grants we hope to secure in the coming years, will help us clear vacant and blighted structures impacting neighborhoods. Over the next four years, we hope to secure a total of $45.3 million to demolish up to 2,415 blighted structures in Flint and Genesee County.
The Funded Demolition List Is Now Available!
The lists below include 1,690 residential and 35 commercial demolitions in the City of Flint and 183 residential and 2 commercial demolitions outside the city in Genesee County. As additional funds are secured, we will prioritize more vacant and blighted Land Bank structures to demolish. Properties included on the lists below are also noted as "Funded" under Demolition Status at www.flintpropertyportal.com.
When will the structures be demolished?
We hope to complete up to 2,415 demolitions over the next four years. Pre-Demolition work is already underway starting with utility disconnects and environmental surveys to identify hazardous materials and asbestos to remove before demolition. As cuts and surveys are completed on batches of structures, we will use a competitive procurement process following ARPA requirements and all applicable state, local and federal regulations, and requirements for contractors to demolish batches of structures.
A schedule will be posted here and dates on each property will be available at www.flintpropertyportal.com
First bid of 227 Properties has been received and is under review!
GCLBA received bids in response to our first ARPA bid on Tuesday, January 25, 2023. Staff is in the process of reviewing submittals for potential award. You can review the addresses on the bid by clicking HERE. Please note that, while not common, properties may be placed on hold or removed from bids or contracts for a number of reasons. Updates will continue to be posted to the overall planned demolition lists available through the buttons above as properties are placed on hold, cancelled ,or even added as we secure more funding.
Property Selection Process
The Land Bank began the process of selecting blighted structures for demolition by collecting property condition information and resident recommendations for demolition through the Flint Property Portal. We used resident input on criteria to prioritize demolitions collected through a community survey. Based on more than 400 survey responses, residents asked us to prioritize the blighted houses that are: 1) directly next door to occupied properties; 2) in areas where more people live and where homes are occupied; 3) near open schools; and 4) fire damaged. We used this direction to develop a scoring framework for all demolition candidates in Land Bank’s inventory and the highest scoring properties were selected for demolition with the funding secured so far. Flint City Council helped gather public input and shared their feedback with us before the list was finalized. Properties may be removed from the list if they are sold.
For information about Genesee County Land Bank bids, please click the Contracts/Bids button at the bottom of the page or click here. Through the Contracts and Bids page you can view current and past bids, award information, and access additional resources for working with Genesee County Land Bank.
Protecting Neighbors and the Environment
We have a reputation for having a safe demolition program with strict controls in place to protect residents and workers. We take the following steps to ensure that demolitions are conducted safely and with minimal risk or inconvenience to nearby residents
Asbestos & Hazardous Material: Contractors take precautions to remove and mitigate health hazards by removing safely accessible asbestos and hazardous materials prior to demolition.
Dust Control: Houses are sprayed with water during demolition to keep dust down and prevent it from spreading.
Advance notice: Contractors are required post door hangers no less than one week prior to demolition to let neighbors know what they can do to avoid any dust or other potential health concerns
Timeliness: Once a structure has been hit, contractors are to load out the debris expeditiously.
Security: Any time a project cannot be knocked down and loaded out within a 48-hour time frame, contractors are required to secure the site with chain link fencing.
Any time an open hole is to remain for more than 24 hours, contractors are required to secure the site with snow fencing.
Accountability: Contractors caught violating demolition requirements will be held accountable. Call 810-257-3088 to report any problems.
For Your Safety During Demotions
- Keep your distance from demolition sites
- Keep children & pets inside & close doors & windows to minimize dust exposure during demo
- After demo, use soapy water to wipe down floors, windows & dusty areas inside & out § Do not touch debris from demolition
- Wash hands regularly, especially before eating
Please Contact Us at 810-257-3088 email@example.com If You See…
- Demolition without the use of water spray
- Anyone illegally dumping on the property
- Open holes or debris left for 48 hrs. or more
- Any other demolition concerns
Watch this video to learn more about staying safe during demolitions.