2017-03-02 / Front Page

County Board of Commissioners OKs purchase of vehicle

By Sam Tunningley

GENESEE COUNTY – A letter of intent regarding a purchase agreement for the plan to build a non-motorized railway through Chevy Commons as part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project was approved by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

The Commissioners passed a resolution in January to accept a quit claim deed proposed by Amy McMillan, Director of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, to purchase the property from Kettering University in the amount of $1. The letter of intent was approved Feb. 14.

Commissioner Mark Young said the letter of intent is a pre-purchase agreement to begin negotiations between the City of Flint and the Parks Department.

“We needed to fast-track the letter of intent,” said Young. “We are coming up on [EPA] deadlines.”

The Flint Riverfront Restoration Project has been in development since 2014, and along with Chevy Commons, includes rehabilitation of the Hamilton Dam and Riverbank Park. Chevy Commons, a property once a site of General Motors industrialization, will provide a point of connection for the Genesee Valley, Grand Traverse Greenway and Flint River Trails.

The updated development plan states the property is part of the plan as an “asset for economic development, as well as a mix of both active and passive community open space.” Construction has been ongoing since 2015 to turn the property into a natural park, with woodlands and greenspace.

“They’re really bountiful properties,” said Young.

For a look at the updated development plan, visit fcralliance.org.

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