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Flint has a new 'master plan', now the work begins

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
Flint residents discuss changes to their city's master plan during a recent community forum

The Flint city council approved a new master plan for the city last night. 

Now the question is how to pay for it.

City officials and Flint residents have spent the last two years coming up with the plan. The last one was drafted more than a half century ago and it envisioned a very different city than what Flint became.

The new plan calls for stabilizing neighborhoods hard hit by blight and creating new opportunity for business investment.

“If you don’t have a plan, you don’t really know what the challenges are,” says Scott Kincaid, the president of the Flint city council.

But Kincaid admits one big challenge is finding the millions of dollars Flint will need to implement the city’s new master plan.

“It all comes down to money,” says Kincaid, “You know you can’t do a lot of things without the right funding and funding sources.”

For example, Flint is using a $20 million dollar federal grant to tear down 16,000 abandoned homes.   But there are more than 5,000 abandoned homes in Flint that have been targeted for demolition.

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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