FLINT TWP. — The township’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA)is open for business. Bylaws for the new authority were approved last week by the township’s Economic Development Corporation, which also serves as the BRA. The EDC first took action to form the BRA with a public hearing held in May. The township board subsequently approved the EDC’s recommendation to form the authority to promote redevelopment of distressed township properties. It can be used to clean up contaminated sites or redevelop environmentally distressed, functionally obsolete and other blighted areas such as abandoned trailer parks.
The EDC board, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month, will next turn its attention to the idea of forming a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) or similar entity to help boost township redevelopment. At previous meetings, they have met with legal advisors on how to set up a DDA. Tracey Tucker said some thought had been given to membership on the DDA board. If established, it could include some EDC members, but less than a quorum, to avoid potential conflicts of interest. The EDC has bonding capabilities that a DDA might need to ask for help, so it would be best if the EDC and DDA boards were not all the same people. she said. Tucker said that in addition to redevelopment, the DDA also would be useful in creating a sense of community by sponsoring events and activities that bring out gatherings of people. EDC member Carol Pfaff-Dahl, who also is a township trustee, broached the idea of hosting some sort of Christmas Caroling Project similar to candle walks and other holiday celebration activities held in neighboring communities. The board supported the idea and gave Pfaff-Dahl some ideas on involving school choirs, finding sponsors and providing a heat source for the outdoor event. Pfaff- Dahl wants to hold the event along the recreation trail near the township park and police station. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, also an EDC member, gave the board an update on a proposed township name change which is on hold pending resolution of some legal questions. Miller said she hoped to be ready to proceed after Labor Day with a survey of township residents and businesses.