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Work begins on Flint blight removal project

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(10/14/13) - The largest residential blight removal project in Flint's history began Monday afternoon.

The city received a $20.1 million federal grant to bull doze 1,600 vacant homes.

The first home was removed on Barth Street. David Hull watched the demolition from his porch.

"It'll make the neighborhood look better," he said.

He's glad to see it go. It's not just an unpleasant sight - David says unwelcome animals have made it their home.

"You've got skunks, coons, cats, you got all kind of creatures living in there," he said.

Even worse - across the street, Shirron Lee says she's seen at least one person squatting in the house.

"Many kids we have around here, they could've easily snatched them in the house," she said.

Over the next year and a half, more than 1,600 blighted homes and other buildings are slated to be torn down. That's 25 percent of the abandoned homes in Flint - and Mayor Dayne Walling says that's a great start.

"We're finally in a place where we can stabilize our community for the long run," he said.

The Genesee County Land Bank will oversee the funding for these demolitions.

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