Press release from the City of Flint: FLINT, Michigan– A brand-new, 3-mile, paved path in the City of Flint is one big step more detailed to being completed, thanks to a upcoming residential or commercial property acquisition by the City of Flint. Called the Grand Traverse Greenway, it will complete an 18-mile path connecting the Flint River and Genesee Valley trails.
It is the last piece to finish Flint's portion of the Iron Belle Trail, which will extend from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.
“Completion of this trail helps to commemorate the appeal of Flint. Walking and biking routes are constructing blocks for a happy, healthy community– plus this job will be a major property for other ongoing economic advancement efforts,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley stated.
The $3 million project is being established through the City of Flint Department of Planning and Development with financing from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Choice Neighborhoods and other fundraising efforts that are underway.
Development on the Grand Traverse Greenway is a significant achievement for this administration. The City of Flint received funding for this task in 2009, however had failed to make significant progress previously.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 with conclusion approximated for 2023.
Flint City Council on Wednesday approved the purchase and sale arrangement for 47 acres of land owned by CSX for $525,000 to complete the path from the area of Pengelly and Hemphill roadways to Kearsley and Grand Traverse streets.
There, on the banks of the Flint River, this brand-new part of trail will relate to the existing Flint River and Genesee Valley routes and lead cyclists and walkers to a range of neighborhood properties consisting of Chevy Commons, downtown Flint, the Flint Cultural Center also Genesee Valley Mall, Stepping Stones Falls, Bluebell Beach and more.
The path also is a key element for ongoing area enhancement, especially the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a $30 million effort funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to produce a new and much better real estate option for homeowners of Atherton East.
Included because financing is $4.5 million for Critical Community Improvements, which is being used to leverage an extra $21 million in support from other City of Flint partners. This funding will permit extensive community revitalization consisting of industrial & & property demolition, commercial exterior enhancement, real estate rehabilitation, uninhabited lot reuse, placemaking, park improvements in addition to the building of the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail.
Near the start of the trail, the City and Flint Housing Commission with Housing advancement partner Norstar will develop brand-new, mixed-income real estate around Windiate playground and along South Saginaw Street.
“This job has been 10-plus years in the making. We are happy to have reached an arrangement with CSX. The trail, when finished, will take advantage of more than $50 million of area improvements and development. This uses a non-motorized choice for homeowners and visitors to explore our city and see all Flint needs to offer,” said Suzanne Wilcox, director of the Department of Planning and Development at the City of Flint.
This news release was produced by the City of Flint. The views expressed here are the author's own.