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Construction moving forward at Flint's Smith Village

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(11/19/12) - Construction is moving forward again at Flint's Smith Village. City leaders say families could begin moving in soon.

Nearly a year ago, home buyers in Flint's Smith Village development were waiting for the go-ahead to move in.

But 2012 brought several set backs - including a change of developers.

Now the project appears to be back on track.

"We really appreciate their patience. I think we're very fortunate that they're still interested in buying," said Tracy Atkinson, of Community & Economic Development.

Construction crews are back to work and progress is being made.

Workers for the current developer, Ginosko, are currently tearing up the concrete porches. The porches need to be re-done so they're up to code with the Michigan Housing Development Authority.

City officials are confident in Ginosko's ability to complete the project, which has been 12 years in the making.

"They've done several MSHDA projects, so they are highly qualified developers," Atkinson said.

The hope is to have the first nine families in by Christmas, but that's not a done deal.

"Mostly what we've got are expressions of urgency. When can we get in? It's still very difficult to still not be able to give them a specific move in date because you don't want to give them a date we miss," Atkinson said.

Phase two construction is underway as well. That could be done by February.

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