Scaling Up Demolition with State, Local and Federal Funds 

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding available through the City of Flint and Genesee County creates a unique opportunity to leverage funding from multiple sources to initiate an aggressive blight elimination program. With up to $45.3 million we are in the process of securing; we plan to demolish up to 2,415 blighted structures in Flint (~94%) and Genesee County (~6%) over the next four years. While the inventory of blighted properties will continue to grow in the coming years and we will need to continue to seek funding for future demolitions, this funding will enable us to make significant progress towards eliminating blight in Genesee County.  This will go a long way to improving public health and safety, stabilizing property values, and to enhancing economic development opportunities.  

Draft ARPA Funded Demolition List Is Now Available

The draft lists below include 1,234 residential and 34 commercial demolitions in the City of Flint and 178 residential and 2 commercial demolitions we are proposing to complete with ARPA funding.  This does not reflect the structures that will be demolished with other grant funds. We are proposing to complete all demolitions over the next four years with the $24 million in ARPA we are anticipating ($16 million from the City and $8 million from the County). 

For the City of Flint demolitions, we used resident input to prioritize these structures out of the more than 2,400 blighted Land Bank structures in need of demolition by collecting property condition information and resident recommendations for demolition through the Flint Property Portal. We also gathered resident input on criteria to prioritize demolitions through a widely distributed community survey.  We used this input to develop a scoring framework for all demolition candidates.  Details on the criteria and the scoring framework are provided below.  The highest scoring properties were selected for demolition and included on this list posted to the right.  The property list includes a list of addresses and parcel IDs in order of street address and the score of each property.

A summary of the proposed demolitions is provided below.

WARD/Location

DEMOS

1

161

2

195

3

218

4

178

5

147

6

115

7

37

8

99

9

84

COF Commercial

34

Outside of Flint Commercial

2

Outside of Flint

178

TOTAL

1448

We are giving City Council an opportunity to provide feedback on properties in the City and will finalize this list on July 12th.  Please share any suggested changes to your Council representative.  We anticipate receiving additional funding soon and we will be identifying additional demolition priorities – this is not the final list.  Please note that properties may be removed from the list if they are sold.

Once we receive grant agreements from both the City and the County, we will be able to initiate activities to further prepare the properties for demolition.  This includes requesting utility cuts and completing environmental surveys.  As cuts are completed, the properties will be contracted through a competitive procurement process following ARPA requirements and all applicable state, local and federal regulations, and requirements.