In this issue: Implementation Task Groups; Brennan Park Community Forum, North Flint Economic Empowerment Summit, Hamilton Dam Removal Project, Neighborhood Inventory Mini-Grants

Neighborhood Inventory

Planning staff, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, are gearing up for another round of Neighborhood Inventory Mini-Grants. The program provides $500 grants to neighborhood groups for completing inventories of houses, lots, and streetlights in Flint neighborhoods. Any group interested in taking part in the program can fill out an application included here. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on September 15th. Please submit all applications to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint:

500 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200
Flint, MI 48502

For questions please contact Kevin Schronce at 766-7426 ext. 3028 or

Master Plan Implementation

Approved by the Planning Commission, seven Master Plan Implementation Task Groups (MPITG) were convened this week with the goal identifying and implementing strategies outlined in the Master Plan. Each task group represents a different chapter of the Master Plan; Housing & Neighborhoods, Transportation & Mobility, Environmental Features, Open Space & Parks, Economic Development & Education, Public Safety, Health & Welfare, and Arts & Culture.  Comprised of residents and stakeholders, and with support from City planning staff, these groups will lead grassroots implementation the Master Plan over the coming 12 months. 

Media Coverage

Changes at Atherton East Apartments - ABC12 News

Revitalizing Flint Park Lake - MLive\Flint Journal
More Media coverage

Brennan Park Community Forum

The supporters of Brennan Park have something to say. On August 15, a forum was held at the Brennan Community Center where community members voiced concerns and ideas for the future of the park. The almost 40 people in attendance expressed their vision for turning the area into a family oriented, multi-generational park that supports multiple uses and an improved quality of life. With partnerships in place and plans for more to come, a positive future is certainly on the horizon for Brennan Park. The ultimate goal of this and subsequent forums is to get park improvements planned for implementation next spring. If you are interested in supporting the development of Brennan Park please come to the next meeting or contact: 

Vincent Slocum
766-7426 ext. 3029 or

Hazardous Waste Collection

On September 27th the Household Hazardous Waste Consortium of Genesee County will be offering free hazardous waste removal services to Flint and Genesee County residents. Click here for a complete list of accepted materials. Drop off locations will be at the Flint East - Water Service Center, 3310 E. Court St., and at Goodrich Middle School, 7500 S. Gale Rd. Hazardous waste materials will be accepted at the locations from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 

Imagine Flint.

Planning Excellence Award

      Over 5,000 residents and community members were engaged in the development of the Imagine Flint Master Plan, and thanks to this unprecedented participatory involvement, the Imagine Flint plan has just been awarded an Excellence Award for Public Outreach from the Michigan Association of Planning. This award stands as a true testament to the thousands of dedicated residents and community members who have been and continue to be tirelessly committed to the plan's development and implementation.
     Sincerest thanks to all of you for your continued efforts and involvement. Your hard work and dedication continue to amaze us, as we all work together to Imagine Flint. 

Hamilton Dam Removal Project

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) and the Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA) have just been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). This grant will be used to support the demolition of Flint's Hamilton Dam, as well as provide funds for the construction of rock rapids that will allow for fish passage and recreation along the Flint River. This project represents a joint partnership between the FRWC, FRCA, and the City of Flint, and was identified as a key implementation strategy of the Infrastructure and Community Facilities chapter of the Master Plan. 

View the news release here. 

Neighborhood Revitalization

The Pierson Road commercial corridor has been identified in the Master Plan and the Pierson Road Subarea Plan as a key economic center that is ripe commercial growth and investment. To support this vision, the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation (NFRC), in partnership with area residents, have taken the lead in stimulating neighborhood revitalization activity on Pierson Road.  The NFRC neighborhood development team has purchased the former Urban League and Selby School building with plans to house an elementary school and family education center.  NFRC also hired eight (8) area teens and young adults who reside in the targeted redevelopment area.  The group mobilized volunteers from area churches and the Beecher High School football team to clean and restore the playground and baseball field at the former Selby School on Cloverlawn and Pierson Road.
   The long-term strategy of the NFRC is to work within the framework of the City Master Plan to eliminate blight, revitalize neighborhoods, and create education, job training and employment opportunities to area residents.  If anyone is interested in joining the Pierson Road Corridor work team, please contact Pastor Reggie Flynn at 810.965.1514

Park Cleanup Events

Calling all park advocates! On Saturday, September 20th, volunteers groups will be hosting large cleanup efforts in Whaley Park. Volunteer groups and organizations will be working in the park to cleanup debris and remove brush.
The cleanup is being organized by Power of One-Fight Against Blight. For questions or to get involved please contact Clarence Campbell at

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 16th

Steering Committee Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm 
Flint Public Library Room B1

Saturday, September 20th
Whaley Park Cleanup
9:00 am-1:00 pm, Whaley Park
Tuesday, September 23rd
Planning Commission Meeting 
6-8 pm, City Council Chambers

Saturday, September 27th
Economic Empowerment Summit
9:oo am-1:00 pm, Foss Ave. Baptist Church,1159 E. Foss Ave.

Saturday, September 27th
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Flint East-Water Service Center, 3310 E. Court St.

Saturday, October 4th
Changing Gears Summit 
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Second Chance Church, 1950 Burr Blvd.

*For a full list of upcoming Imagine Flint events please visit our calendar 
Economic Empowerment Summit
On Saturday, September 27th, the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation (NFRC) will host its 4th annual Economic Empowerment Summit. With the goal of empowering families and neighborhoods through micro business enterprise and resident engagement, the summit will include information and learning sessions from organizations such as First Merit Bank, Morgan Stanley, Metro Community Development, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the City of Flint. The workshop will be held at Foss Ave. Baptist Church at 1159 E. Foss Ave from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
   "Ensuring that viable business ventures have access to human capital and coaching, especially historically underrepresented groups" is a key objective of the Economic Development and Education chapter of the Master Plan and this summit is a excellent example of how that objective can be reached.


Changing Gears Summit

On Saturday, October 4th, Neighborhoods Without Borders, in partnership with the UM-Flint Office of University Outreach, will be hosting a "Changing Gears Summit" to provide support and resources for ex-offenders, their families, and other "at risk" populations.
   "Strengthening and raising the profile of existing "prisoner re-entry" program is an important example of how the Master Plan supports economic opportunity for all, and this summit is an great way for concerned citizens to connect with that work. All are encouraged to attend!
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