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Buick City Redevelopment

City of Flint

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Restoring Community Vitality
  • Grant Amount $2,000,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2022–September 30, 2025
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

This grant will provide funding to the city of Flint to prepare the remaining portions of the Buick City site for redevelopment. Buick City is one of Flint’s oldest industrial areas and at its peak, the 352-acre site had more than 27,000 workers. Buick City was transferred to the RACER Trust in 2011 following General Motors 2009 bankruptcy filing. Outside of one development on 60-acres of the cleanest portion of the 412-acre site, the remaining portions have been fenced off. These fenced off portions have large concrete foundation slabs, abandoned utilities and contamination. Without the ability to address these legacy costs to make the site more competitive with greenfield locations, the site would likely languish undeveloped. When combined with American Rescue Plan Act funds, this grant provides an opportunity to support the city of Flint’s efforts to bring in an experienced real estate development company to address these legacy costs. Once fully redeveloped, the site has the ability to provide over 3.5 million square feet of light industrial and warehouse facilities resulting in approximately 3,500 new jobs.