Offbeat
1:55 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Turning a brownfield into a green space in Flint

A place where General Motors built cars for nearly century may later this year begin transforming into a city park in Flint.

The last building was torn down at Chevy in the Hole a decade ago. Efforts have been underway since then to transform the 60 acre brownfield into a public green space.Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan RadioEdit | Remove

The last building was torn down at Chevy in the Hole a decade ago.

Efforts have been underway since then to transform the 60 acre brownfield into a public green space.

Christina Kelly is with the Genesee County Land Bank.   She says the focus now is more on building up soil on the site, and less on removing contamination.

“We’ll be doing a little bit of spot removal, but for the most part we’ll just build the cap right over the concrete. The concrete is in many places is several feet deep…six feet…ten feet…twelve feet deep,” says Kelly.

The exact timetable and cost of the ‘Chevy Commons’ project is unclear.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The exact timetable and cost of the ‘Chevy Commons’ project is unclear.

Kelly says it will depend on the availability of federal funds for clean up and beautification projects at the site.