Flint looks to deal with nearly 20K blighted properties

Associated Press

Flint — Flint is looking to deal with nearly 20,000 blighted properties over the next five years as part of an effort that could cost more than $107 million.

The city has adopted the “Beyond Blight: City of Flint Blight Elimination Framework.” Work already is taking place.

Mayor Dayne Walling says in a statement “Flint is a city in transition” and “by being strategic … we are going to win the war against blight.”

Flint says 19,842 properties need blight elimination work, including commercial buildings, residential structures and vacant lots — representing more than one-third of all properties in the city. Officials say it’s the first time Flint detailed the scale and cost of blight in the city.

Officials also say there’s a need to change property maintenance standards, including code enforcement.