FLINT — Metro Community Development, which specializes in home ownership, small business development, youth workforce training and community engagement, will open its new headquarters at 1174 Robert T. Longway Blvd. by early 2020.
It is currently housed at the Mott Foundation building at 503 South Saginaw Street.
In addition to acquiring a new headquarters, Metro also purchased an adjacent commercial building at 1198 Robert T. Longway. This building is currently partially vacant and will be renovated to attract additional tenants, including a potential focus on leasing offices to nonprofit organizations and to incubate and/or house start-up businesses, said Brian Glowiak, CEO.
The new headquarters will allow Metro to build more collaborative working areas for its staff and to provide space for future growth of its programs and staff. It also offers an opportunity to build a future meeting space for use by local community organizations.
“We’re excited about investing in our future and in this community,” Glowiak said. “Much the same way we counsel individuals and families to invest in themselves by saving to buy a home and build equity and future financial security, Metro is transitioning from being a tenant to a property owner. Our goal is for Metro to become a hub that is easily accessible by our clients. This new site offers easy access via bus routes and provides free parking.
Metro has played a role in promoting local economic development and home ownership in addition to eliminating blight in many metropolitan Flint neighborhoods. In the past two years alone, Metro has administered more than $500,000 in free home improvement grants to homeowners and provided counseling services to hundreds of would-be homebuyers and homeowners. In the same period Metro supported locallyowned businesses and promoted the development of new ventures by providing nearly $2 million in capital financing and technical assistance.
Nearly 70 percent of its commercial loans are with women, minorities and veterans. Its work has led to more vibrant, stabilized communities.
Rachelle Kippe, Metro Community Development’s board chairperson, called the planned move a contribution to the city’s future.
“This is exciting news for Metro Community Development, as it prepares to relocate its corporate offices,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “The move speaks well of the health and vitality of the entrepreneurial spirit and community revitalization that’s well underway in Flint & Genesee. Metro Community continues to play a key role in that effort, and the new location on Robert T. Longway Boulevard will provide a tremendous boost to that highly visible intersection in Flint.” — G.G.