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Blight program winding down in Flint

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

A major blight elimination program is winding down in Flint.

Around 1700 dilapidated homes have been torn down during the past few years. The program is funded with nearly $23 million in grant funding.

Christina Kelly is with the Genesee County Land Bank. She says the before and after effect on neighborhoods is something to see.

“You can really see and feel the impact of the blight elimination efforts,” says Kelly. 

There’s another five to six thousand dilapidated homes that may need to come down in Flint.

It’s estimated that it would cost more than $100 million to tear down the remaining blighted homes in Flint. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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