Saginaw, Flint get $31.3M for blight demolition - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw, Flint get $31.3M for blight demolition

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Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan is getting $100 million in federal aid to demolish abandoned buildings to fight blight in Detroit and four other cities.

Snyder said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the aid. He says Detroit is getting $52.3 million, Flint $20.1 million and Saginaw $11.2 million.

According to both Flint and Saginaw officials, this money will help their cities significantly.  In Flint, about 1,650 homes will be demolished.  In Saginaw, officials believe the money will help them level about 1,000 homes.

The governor says $3.7 million is going to Pontiac, $2.5 million to Grand Rapids and $10.2 million to a reserve fund for additional demolition.

Snyder's office says the targeted demolitions "represent a major expansion" of ongoing effort by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and other state agencies to clean up blight in Michigan.

Snyder says the "aggressive anti-blight effort will help stabilize neighborhoods that have been struggling for years."

He says work will start this month in Detroit.  In Flint and Saginaw, work is also expected to begin in September.  Cities have 18 months to use the federal money.

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