EDC taking on ‘huge’ redevelopment role

FLINT TWP. — The reactivated township Economic Development Corporation is laying plans for an active time ahead.

At its monthly meeting last week, the board heard from Tracey Tucker, building director, that is now officially also serving as the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

She is working on the bylaws for that body and will have them ready to present at the board’s July meeting. The board also needs to develop a site plan for brownfield projects, she said.

She also suggested that the board establish a subcommittee to preview any future projects bought before the board.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that rather than wait for interested Brownfield Redevelopers to approach the board, she would like to see the EDC proactively go out and find them.

She said she would like to draft a list of potential brownfield sites in the township. For example, a vacant lot, formerly a gas station, is front of the Art Van store at Miller and Linden is something of an eyesore.

Miller suggested that it could perhaps be pitched to Art Van for development as a green space.

“It is just sitting there,” she said. “I don’t want to sit and wait for someone to call. We should actively market it.”

Pirates Park on Miller Road also was mentioned as a site ripe for redevelopment.

The EDC also has been discussing reestablishment of some sort of Downtown Development Authority to generate funds for improvement projects.

Tucker said she is working on a plan and have invited an attorney to the July meeting to talk to the board about the process of setting up the plan. For reference, she provided to the board copies of the EDC’s former development plan.

“We need to be looking at what areas to include in the development plan,” Tucker said. Wide ranging projects can include traffic, side streets, service drives, light signals, non-motorized paths, safety issues, beautification and more.

Tucker also said she would like to set up a meeting with area Realtors to let them know what the board is doing and how the BRA and other projects might help them market properties.

Tucker also said she would be coming to the EDC for input on Redevelopment Ready, Master Plan and other township updates that include creating a written public participation project, capital improvement plan and marketing strategies..

“This board is taking on a lot of huge issues, “Tucker said, adding being able to show progress will help the board stay positive moving forward.

Two EDC members also asked that the meeting be moved from Wednesday to the third Tuesday of each month, to eliminate conflicts. Pending review, that could take place by the July meeting, Tucker said.

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