In this issue: Blight Elimination Framework, UM-Flint Community Impact Circles, Flint Brush-up, 'Love Your City' Month 2014, Max Brandon Eco-Park

$75,000 Awarded for Max Brandon Eco-Park Demonstration Project

We are thrilled to announce that the Department of Planning and Development was recently awarded a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation to support work on the Max Brandon Eco-Park project. This grant, totaling $75,000, will go towards wetlands revitalization efforts in the park, as well as the establishment of an urban ecology curriculum and the training of residents and youth to serve as Park Stewards. This is an exciting project that aligns perfectly with the Environmental Features, Open Space, and Parks chapter of the Master Plan as well as advancing our goal of "improving the ecological health of Flint's natural systems through responsible planning and development." 

Community Education Workshop

As pat of our ongoing efforts to implement the Imagine Flint Master Plan, the City of Flint and Flint Community Schools will be hosting a city-wide Community Education Workshop aimed at identifying what exactly community education means to Flint residents. With the "reinstitution of a sustainable form of community education through K-12 schools, community centers, and early learning sites" identified as a key strategy of the Economic Development and Education chapter of the Master Plan, this meeting represents a critical first step towards realizing that goal.

The workshop will be held Saturday, June 7th from 10 am - 2 pm at Flint Southwestern Classical Academy. To register for the workshop or for questions, please contact:

Vincent Slocum
766-7426 ext. 3029

5-Year Blight Elimination Framework Draft Now Available

 Identified as a key strategy in the Housing & Neighborhoods chapter of the Master Plan, the City of Flint has just released a draft copy of its newly developed 5-year Blight Elimination Framework. Outlining strategies related to property boarding, demolition, waste removal, rehabilitation, code enforcement, mowing, and vacant lot reuse, the Blight Elimination Framework charts an aggressive and strategic course towards eliminating city-wide blight in the next five years. The framework was developed based on intensive data collection and community input, throughout the master plan process. With the total cost of blight removal estimated at approximately $112 million, the framework calls for collaborative blight elimination between residents, local governments, community groups, businesses, and anchor institutions.

The 5-year Blight Elimination Framework is currently in its public review period. Copies of the Framework can be found at A public workshop to allow community members an opportunity to provide feedback on the framework is expected to be held in June. Information about meeting time and location will be announced once it becomes available. This Framework represents an exciting opportunity to effect substantial change and improvement within our neighborhoods and communities, so stay connected for more updates!

Imagine Flint.

Moving Forward

     It's springtime once again in Flint, and work continues on the implementation of the Imagine Flint Master Plan! We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the many dedicated residents and stakeholders who have applied for Implementation Task group membership. We are in the process of reviewing applications, and we will be submitting them for Flint Planning Commission approval very soon.
     For those interested in attending, the Master Plan Steering Committee meeting has been moved from May 6th to May 20th. The meeting will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Flint Public Library, Room B1. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this project, or you would like to connect with the Imagine Flint Project, please contact:

Vincent Slocum 
766-7426 ext. 3029


Flint: "Love Your City" Month, 2014

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 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)

In addition to these efforts, Cities of Service and Love Your Block are also taking applications of request for additional community resources aimed at blight elimination. For questions please contact:

Melanie Poisson at
810-237-2090 or 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.


UM-Flint Community Impact Circles

In an effort to galvanize research and academic service-learning projects connected to the Imagine Flint Master Plan, UM-Flint, through its office of University Outreach, has developed an innovative Community Impact Circle program. In partnership with City planning staff, members of the University's Community Impact Circle, which include university faculty, administration, and staff, will work to coordinate university research efforts towards the implementation of the Master Plan, as well as to ensure that comprehensive, data-driven best practices are employed throughout the implementation process to ensure maximum community impact. 


Upcoming Events

May 8th
Planning & Development Budget Hearing
5 pm, City Council Chambers

May 10th
Blue Ribbon Committee Public Workshop
10 am- 12 pm
Mott Community College Event Center

May 13th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm, City Council Chambers 

May 14th
Civic Park Community Meeting
5:30 pm -7:30 pm, Joy Tabernacle Church

May 15th
Blue Ribbon Committee Public Workshop
6-8 pm,
Insight Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (IINN)

May 20th
Steering Committee Meeting
5:30 pm, Flint Public Library

May 27th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm, City Council Chambers

June 7th
Flint Community Schools Public Meeting
10 am- 2 pm
Flint Southwestern Classical Academy 

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

Flint Brush-up Project Underway

Thanks in part to the generous support of Benjamin Moore's Paint What Matters initiative, the University Avenue Corridor Coalition is gearing up to begin work on its Flint Brush Up - Renew the Avenue neighborhood revitalization campaign. 

Work on the project will take place on May 10th and will include brush and graffiti removal, landscaping and gardening, painting curbs and fire hydrants, and tree trimming. The project will culminate in a community celebration from 2-5 pm at University Square, with festivities including music, cake, photo booths, and a press conference with Mayor Walling. This project represents a tremendous opportunity to revitalize a corridor that stands as a rich cultural and historic asset. However, volunteers are needed to make this project a success! For more information or to volunteer for one of the many clean-up activities, please contact:

Jack Stock

Blue Ribbon Committee Meetings

As a reminder to all, there are still two remaining Blue Ribbon Committee Public Workshops for residents to take part in. The Blue Ribbon Committee is comprised of all volunteer citizens tasked with making recommendations to the Emergency Manager about improving City Governance. Meetings are open to the public, and all Flint residents are encouraged to attend. 

May 10th
10 am -12 pm
Mott Community College Event Center

May 15th
6-8 pm
Insight Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (IINN) 
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