In this issue: Implementation Task Groups, Chevy Commons Design Workshop, Connect the Blocks Neighborhood Summit, Love Your City Month,

Flint:  'Love Your City' Month 2014

With temperatures rising and snow beginning to melt, residents and neighborhood groups are gearing up to continue the critical work of eliminating blight and beautifying Flint's many diverse neighborhoods. To support this work, the City of Flint, in partnership with Republic Waste Removal Services, will be hosting a series of city-wide clean-up initiatives throughout the month of May. 

Graffiti Free Day: Saturday May 10, 9am -2pm. Salem Housing, 3216 ML King Ave.
Unlimited large items – May 5-9: No refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or cast iron tubs. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. 

Unlimited bagged trash – May 12-16: All bags must be at the curb, must weigh under 50 pounds and can’t contain hazardous chemicals.
Unlimited bundled brush/lawn debris – May 19-23: All bundles must be no longer than 4 feet long and branches must be less than 4 inches think. No trees, tree trunks, stumps or logs. 
Tire buy back – May 17: 9am-2pm, 6515 N. Dort Hwy., Environmental Rubber Recycling $1/tire (minimum 25 tires)

Call Melanie Poisson at 766-7284, extension 2733 with questions.

For more information or for a full calender of events please visit Help spread the word! Together we can improve the city we love and increase quality of life within our own communities.

Revitalizing a Flint Brownfield

On April 10th, the City of Flint and the Genesee County Land Bank hosted a design workshop  for the Chevy Commons (formerly Chevy in the Hole) green space redevelopment project. Identified in the Master Plan as a "truly unique and potentially valuable amenity that must be creatively addressed to help transform Flint," the former Chevy in the Hole site represents a tremendous and currently underutilized community asset. A $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency paid for a draft plan to transform the site, with the majority of the money going toward the upcoming construction. The $1.6 million will go toward the first phase of the project, which will take up space by Chevrolet Avenue, which intersects the west end of the site, and run along Glenwood Avenue, which borders the southern side of the west end. It will include a parking area, walking paths, and shrubs, ultimately creating a parkland along the Flint River with wetlands, woodlands, grasslands and other green areas. The first phase of that plan will break ground in late summer or early fall. 

For  questions please contact:

Christina Kelly
(810)257-3088 ext. 527




Imagine Flint.

Moving Forward

       Its spring in Flint once again! The snow is melting, the birds are beginning to chirp once again, and more exciting implementation work for the Master Plan is underway.
       Its not too late to join one of our soon to be formed Implementation Task Groups. The Imagine Flint planning and implementation process is a community driven one, and it is only through the dedicated support of Flint's many community members and stakeholders that implementation work is able to continue. If you or anyone you know is interested in serving as a Master Plan advocate and engaging with the work of putting the Master Plan's goals and strategies into action, then membership on an Implementation Task Group may be just the thing for you! The deadline for applying has been extended, but time is running out.
       For more detailed information about the roles and responsibilities of Task Groups Members visit our website To fill out an application simply click on the link here or visit our website.

For questions regarding Task Group membership or the master plan and how to connect, please contact:
Vincent Slocum 
766-7426 ext. 3029


Grand Traverse Greenway Design Charrette

On March 18th & 19th, the Imagine Flint team hosted a two day design workshop for the Grand Traverse Greenway place plans project. Over 80 residents, community groups, and stakeholders came out to develop a design for the trail that capitalized on the trail's many surrounding assets. The event was a tremendous success, and we would like to extend our warmest thanks to all those who came out to help make this project a reality. Final plans for the trail are not expected to be finalized until June of this year, and there is still time for people to provide insights on the initial trail design. To see a current design map for the trail and to provide comments, please visit the website included in the link here.


Intern Spotlight

A few thoughts from a planning intern.....

Geographic Information Systems in Planning

The integration of Geographic Information Systems in planning is a major resource to the City of Flint. By using GIS, we have been able to overlay the coverage of neighborhood groups and organizations with aerial photography, evaluate existing zoning near commercial facilities, and overlay the DDA District with the Michigan Next Zone.

Using spatial data gathered thorough the master planning process with GIS allows us to analyze and visualize data to assist in location intelligence and in turn make educated decisions. GIS also gives the department a variety of ways to streamline master planning data for the public by using a variety of categorical and quantitative symbology.

Upcoming Events

April 22nd
Planning Commission Meeting
6 pm, City Hall

May 5-9 - Unlimited large item pickup

May 6th
Steering Committee Meeting
5:30 pm, Flint Public Library

May 10 - Graffiti Free Day
May 12-16 - Unlimited Bagged Trash
May 17 - Tire Buy Back
May 19-23 - Unlimited Bundled Brush/Lawn Debris

*For a full list of upcoming Imagine Flint events please visit our calendar 

Bringing People Together to Affect Community Change

On April 5th, community organizations and neighborhood associations form across the city gathered at IINN on S. Saginaw St. to exchange ideas and share challenges and success stories about their work within Flint's neighborhoods. Meant to support communication and cooperation between Flint's many neighborhood associations, block clubs, and crime watches, the event was sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Imagine Flint representatives were in attendance, encouraging neighborhood advocates to apply for membership in one of seven Master Plan Implementation Task Groups.

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