City achieves RRC status

State to assist in marketing properties for redevelopment

GRAND BLANC — After more than three years of research, planning and visioning, the City of Grand Blanc has achieved Redevelopment Ready Communities certification.

Grand Blanc is only the second city in Genesee County, and the 44th municipality in the state, to receive the designation from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“Fewer than 20 percent (of communities) who have entered the program have made it to this stage,” said Christopher Germain, MEDC senior planner, in announcing the achievement at the Wednesday, May 13, City Council meeting.

The certification positions the city as a frontrunner among communities seeking development investment. It also gives the city free access to the state’s Redevelopment Services Team consultants, technical assistance, marketing support and more.

“We’re thrilled about getting this classification,” said Mayor Susan J. Soderstrom.

As part of the RRC program, the MEDC will assist in marketing and redeveloping several sites city officials identified as priorities: the former Kmart, the former GM Weld Tool facility, Reid Road properties and a city-owned parking site off Reid Road.

The complete Economic Development Strategy is available under “Doing Business” on the City of Grand Blanc homepage,