East Side Eyesore Being Demolished

Excerpted from “Michigan News”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of demolishing a former corner store on the east side of downtown.

According to an EPA news release, the cleanup at 1815 Davison Road at the corner of Franklin Avenue will be completed by the end of November and will not close the roads.

After a fire in November 2020 caused damage to the building, its current owner, the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, requested the EPA’s assistance.

U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced federal funding for the demolition and clean-up of the burned and blighted corner store.

“Cleaning up nullable properties helps strengthen the Flint neighborhood, reduce crime, and increase property values,” Kildee said. “I am pleased to announce that this former corner store and current eyespot will be demolished, paving the way for potential new economic growth in the heart of Michigan. In Congress, I support mid-Michigan communities. I will continue to secure federal funding to help it thrive.”

Cleaning includes:

  • Transportation and disposal of asbestos-contaminated waste at an approved facility
  • Adhere to a safety plan, including aerial surveillance, to protect the health of workers and the public

“The Genesee County Land Bank appreciates Congressman Kildee’s ongoing efforts to help us with the blight and abandonment issues,” Michael Freeman, Executive Director of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, said in a news release. “This federal aid, along with demolition and clean-up, will help improve the health and vitality of Flint’s East Side.

“Eliminating such threats is the first step in restoring value to neighboring homeowners, creating opportunities for residents to build wealth and economic growth through home ownership.”

The EPA expects demolition traffic to increase for about two weeks once the asbestos is removed. After the EPA cleanup is complete, the Genesee County Land Bank will be able to securely assess the property for potential redevelopment.

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