Township seeing boon in new businesses, expansions

FLINT TWP. — The Township is enjoying a period of economic development which brought new commercial investment to the sum of $4.89 million in 2017.

Tracey Tucker, Economic Development Enhancement director for Flint Township, recently told the West Flint Business Association the township’s total value of additions and alterations by commercial investors was more than $7.862 million.

“This is a total of $12.752 million in new investment in our township,” she said. “So far, in 2018, our efforts have been making a difference. New commercial investment is at $1.047 million and reinvestment through additions and alterations is over $19.85 million for a total of over $20.897 million.”

Tucker said the Economic Development Department has taken advantage of several incentives and programs to attract investment and to ease the process for investors. Some of the incentives and programs Flint Township are involved in to attract investors and developers are: Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Partner, I-69 International Trade Corridor, Opportunity Zones, Flint Township Downtown Development Authority, Bristol Road Corridor Improvement Authority, Beecher Road Corridor Improvement Authority, Industrial Facilities Tax Exeption Certificates, Brownfield Rehabilitation Authority and Redevelopment Ready Certification Process.

“There’s a lot of growth right now in the township business sector,” said Tucker. “The reason we’re seeing this is the township has been very proactive.”

Tucker said the township has not only been proactive in taking incentives and participating in economic development programs, but it is also working to beautify the business community.

“We’re working to make our environment more attractive for businesses to come here,” she said. “Not only for businesses, but for residents to live here.”

The township, said Tucker, will continue to offer more incentives to get companies to come there and to help retain those businesses already in the township.

Tucker said some of the projects completed or ongoing in Flint Township are: Woodhaven’s expansion, Speedway, Hougen Manufacturing, Barrett’s Donuts, Shaltz Automation, Valley Family Restaurant (being converted to multispace tenant use), Family Dentistry, Target remodel, Merle Norman, Mo Pete’s, Curbco, LJ’s Electric (the old ITT building) and a $6 million remodeling of the Animal Control Shelter.

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