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Large affordable housing development eyed for Flint's north side

May 3, 2018

The new development would be built on the site of the former Glen Acres apartments, which were torn down in 2016 (file photo)
Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The site of a formerly run-down apartment complex on Flint’s north side may soon become a mixed-residential development.

This week, the Genesee County Land Bank announced it’s working with developers to create 78 units of affordable rental housing for low-income residents.

“We have a lot of single family homes.  We also have a lot of aged housing,” says Michelle Wildman, executive director of the Genesee County Land Bank. “But in terms of units that have rents that are set and locked and affordable to families, there isn’t a sufficient supply of that in this community.”

Wildman expects it will take until next year for the developers to line up financing, permits, and state incentives for the project.

Imagine Brinshore Group, in collaboration with the North Flint Reinvestment Corp., plans to build a three-story building, attached two-story townhomes and six "tiny homes."

Officials say the building strategy will help transition from busy traffic on Pierson Road to the residential neighborhood behind the parcel.

The North Flint Reinvestment Corp. says the project is a critical component to its planned Health & Wellness Hub development.