FLINT (WJRT) (1/26/2018) - Demolition of a downtown Flint landmark appears to be only weeks away.
The final permits have been issued to remove the 95-year-old Hamilton Dam in the Flint River. Demolition work should begin sometime in February, according to the University Avenue Corridor.
The project required permits from the state of Michigan and approval from Consumers Energy, which also had to complete a remediation project first.
A $3 million DNR grant will pay for removing the Hamilton Dam, another small dam downstream and completing beautification projects upstream. A Lansing-area contractor has been hired to demolish the structure.
Removing the dam and surrounding concrete is an important step to opening up a 1.5-mile stretch of the Flint River. Genesee County Parks Director Amy McMillan expects improved fishing and kayak or canoe opportunities.