Flint launches $200,000 Martin Luther King neighborhood improvement plan

Flint launches $200,000 Martin Luther King neighborhood improvement plan

Residents and businesses along the Martin Luther King Avenue corridor might be feeling some positive vibes this week.

Associate professor and UM-Flint Design Center lead Benjamin Gaydos, City of Flint Administrator Steve Branch, Neighborhood Engagement Hub Executive Director Ashley Everhart and City of Flint Director of Community Recreation Sean Croudy were representative of the collaborative force behind the MLK Springtime Pop-Up. Photo by Danen Williams

Since the April 27 launch of the first “MLK Springtime Pop-Up” celebration, the City of Flint’s $200,000 scheduled enhancement of Martin Luther King from Welch Boulevard to Carpenter Road has boosted optimism.

“The MLK Springtime Pop-Up event is another example of the city’s interdepartmental, collaborative approach to bring community-led economic development and community development to its neighborhoods through the City’s Neighborhood Planning Initiative,” Mayor Karen Weaver says.

Featuring free food, local vendors, including the city’s Small Business Bootcamp Cohort, a screen-printing workshop presented by University of Michigan-Flint Design Studio students, and family activities, the pop-up celebrated a community development block grant improvement initiative.

Since the April 27 launch of the first “MLK Springtime Pop-Up” celebration, the City of Flint’s $200,000 scheduled enhancement of Martin Luther King from Welch Boulevard to Carpenter Road has boosted optimism. Photo by Danen Williams

The event also helped activate the MLK/Pasadena Business District. The initiative’s overall goal includes improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers in the area, along with business support and visual improvements to the corridor.

Partners in the city-led initiative include Best Practices Consulting Services, King Avenue PLUS Neighborhood Association, University of Michigan-Flint Design Studio and the Neighborhood Engagement Hub.

Lead image:  The MLK Springtime Pop-Up celebration supporters included Americorps Vista Volunteer Kevin Finn,  City of Flint Lead Planner Adam Moore, Americorps Vista Volunteers Lauren Watkins,  Ciara Hitchcock and Vanessa Alvarez-Diaz. Photo by Danen Williams

“Through this initiative, we take a holistic approach to revitalizing Flint’s communities, one neighborhood at a time,” says Weaver.

 

 

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