FLINT TWP. — About $576,000 in grants funds is slated to be used this year and next year to raze 51 housing units in the township.
“We work with several different grant programs to get demolition done without using taxpayers dollars,’’ said Tracey Tucker, building department director, in a report to the township board.
Funding will include $130,000 from the Neigborhood Stabilization 3 Grant to raze 10 houses; a $70,000 Blight Elimination Grant to tear down 10 houses; another $187,7000 Blight Elimination Grant to raze six houses; and a $135,000 Hardest Hit Grant to tear down nine houses.
The building department also has applied for $$64, 271 in Community Development Block Grant Funds to raze 16 houses..
“We don’t know what we will get,’’ Tucker said, adding that they tried to place on that list houses that were burnt and thus will cost less to tear down.
Trustee George Menoutes questioned the $135,000 Hardest Hit Grant that covers the cost of only nine houses.
Tucker said that in some cases houses require additional demo work such as lead or asbestos removal. But the grant allocation allows for up to $15,000 per house, she said.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller added that the township works in cooperation with the Genesee County Land Bank in the demolition process. The Land Bank chooses the demolition contractors and handles the specifications and code enforcement details.
Among houses listed on the demo list include several located on the same street. There are four each on McCollum Avenue and Flushing Road; and three each on Hatherly Avenue, Eberly Road and Arlene Drive.