Classic car found during blight removal - WNEM TV 5

Classic car found during blight removal

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

It's not what you would expect to find when clearing away unsightly blight.

Members of the Mott Park Blight Squad discovered a vintage car from the 1940s next to an old vacant gas station. The car was left abandoned with trees growing around it.

"We was ripping the front of the building apart and getting ready to redo it. We wanted to cut down some trees in the back here and we stumbled across this 1946 Chevrolet," said Gregory Harmon, blight remover.

He is a member of the blight squad, a group that works to clean up abandoned properties around Flint.

It was in one of those properties they discovered the car. The car's tag said it was built at Fisher Body in Flint before sitting for years in a lot overrun with trees and shrubs.

The property has had seven different uses since a family sold it in 1992, according to neighbors.

"They said it was a gas station previously and the Armstrong Electric. And my family, my brothers and brother-in-laws bought it for a vending business and then they sold it," said Dorothy McClanahan, neighbor.

She said she watched the building go unkept and the lot grow out of control. McClanahan said while she didn't know the property owners, she has seen the backyard filled with random things.

"When there were no leaves you could look right down into it from my bedroom upstairs and see all the junk cars and everything back there," she said.

Regardless of who owns the property now, the people who found the car said it's like finding a hidden treasure.

"Yeah, this is pretty exciting. This is by far the greatest thing we've found on one of these clean ups," said Chad Schlosser, blight remover.

The blight squad said they want to find the owner of the car and get it back on the road. Otherwise, the squad may have found their next project.

"We would love to see this car restored by the owner or by somebody if he decides to sell it. We'd love to see this car and this building have a future," Schlosser said.

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