Flint and Saginaw-area officials are starting what they say is the city's largest residential blight removal effort.
Area leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority say the $20.1 million effort will demolish more than 1,600 vacant and foreclosed Flint residential properties. That's about a quarter of the city's abandoned buildings.
The Flint Journal reports an event is planned Monday to kick off the effort. It kicks off on Barth Street on Flint's west side.
Crews will knock down about 950 abandoned homes in Saginaw alone and when it's complete, about half of the city's blighted properties will be history.
The cost of the project is about 11-million-dollars and the federal government is picking up the tab.
Congressman Dan Kildee is one of many people expected to be at the kickoff. Kildee was instrumental in bringing in the money for the project.
It all starts at 10 a.m. on Fulton Street in Saginaw.
The "Blight Blitz" aims to demolish roughly quarter of the city's 5,600 abandoned homes. Demolitions will take place in groups of 50 to 100 houses.
Those involved also include Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, the federal government and Genesee County Land Bank Authority.
The funding stems from $100 million that was allocated to Michigan earlier this year. Other work is in Detroit, Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Pontiac.
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