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Work begins at automotive pioneers mini-park

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(07/19/12) - A project to honor Flint's automotive pioneers is well underway.

Work has begun at the downtown mini-park where two bronze statues will eventually stand. It's all happening thanks to dozens of volunteers.

We showed you the statue of Louis Chevrolet earlier this month.

In a matter of weeks, he will be in his permanent home.

"It's gratifying to me to see how quickly this is coming together," said Project Chair Steve Casner.

The Back to the Bricks Project is a major volunteer effort. People like Jim Schoenfield, of Walker Electric, are donating their time and resources free of charge.

Schoenfield is setting up the underground power system that will light Chevrolet and the statue of David Buick once that one is done.

"We are a small piece to the overall project behind us, there are other companies doing more than us," Schoenfield said.

Everything from the landscaping, to the memorial bricks surrounding the statues, will be donated by various organizations.

Schoenfield, a car enthusiast, says there's no better way to honor Flint's pioneers. "This is true to our heart and we wanted to give back to the community."

"What a great idea. It's now coming to fruition because of people like Jim and McKnut and McKay," Casner said.

"I'm anxious to see this in a couple weeks - done and lit up," Schoenfield said.

The mini park should be complete by the week of Back to the Bricks.

A formal unveiling of Louis Chevrolet is planned for that week.

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