CDBG funds borrowed to raze condemned apartment buildings

FLINT TWP. — Brookstone Valley Apartments, an eyesore and trouble spot at 3456 Flushing Road, are headed for the wrecking ball.

The township board of trustees approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) loan agreement with the county at its May 7 meeting for advanced demolition funds to finish razing 10 buildings remaining at the apartment complex. Previously, nine uninhabitable buildings there were razed in 2010.

The agreement calls for a $199,000 loan from the Genesee county Community Development Program from its CDBG reserve fund. The township agreed to repay the funds from its 2014, 2017 and 2020 CDBG demolition set asides. The agreement includes a condition that the township would not be obligated to repay the loan if CDBG funds become unavailable.

The demolition project has been approved by Genesee County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which allocates CDBG funding.

The board approved condemnation of the Brookstone buildings last November after the owners fell seriously delinquent on water bills. As a result of a water shutoff, all tenants in the complex were forced to move. Other unsanitary conditions were found in the buildings.

Since the buildings were vacated, township police have been reporting ongoing criminal activity there.

Tracey Tucker, of the township building department, said efforts will continue to recover money from the delinquent property owner.

Tucker also said that spreading out the loan repayment over several allocation cycles will reserve some CDBG funds to be used for other demolition projects.

In related actions, the board also approved termination of CDBG agreements for sidewalk improvements and senior citizen center upgrades to reallocate the funds for demolition.

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