FLINT TWP. — Residents of Hatherly Avenue and three other streets may soon be seeing the last of several neighborhood eyesores.
The township board has approved a construction services contract, funded by the Genesee County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The contract with L. Zellar & Sons Excavating is for demolition of eight houses not to exceed $62,800. Despite uncertainty on how the total bill would be paid, the board unanimously approved the contract with the stipulation that the general fund would not be used.
The township’s available CDBG funds are about $18,000 short of the demolition costs.
“These homes need to come down,’’ said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller. Other funding options might include borrowing from future CDBG allocations or requesting unused CDBG funds from other communities, she said. The deadline for spending available CDBG funds is coming this month.
Miller noted that the township has to work in cooperation with the county Metropolitan Planning Commission which administers the federal rules and funds and also handled bidding on the project.
The houses in question are a few among many now under the control of the Genesee County Landbank, which takes ownership of tax-delinquent homes after other legal avenues are exhausted.
“If we don’t do anything, they are going to sit there for years,” Miller said of the houses that already are seriously dilapidated. The addresses and demolition costs are:
• 3365 Emerson Street – $ 8,500
• 3034 Hatherly Ave. – $6,500
• 3038 Hatherly Ave. — $7,500
• 3213 Hatherly Ave. — $6,800
• 3109 Hatherly Avenue — $7,500
• 2256 Nerredia Street — $6,800
• 2625 Thornton Ave. — $12,000
• 2040 Noble Ave. — $7,000
Trustee George Menoutes questioned where the remaining funds would come from if no additional CDBG funds become available.
“We are now spending money over and above what we have,” he said. “We want to make sure we don’t dip into our general fund.”
Trustee Barb Vert asked if an order is established to tear down the houses if not enough CDBG money becomes available to tear them all down.
Miller said that building director Tracey Tucker would work with the county to make the final decision on which ones would be torn down first.