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Progress being made at Smith Village

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(10/25/13) - Homeowners are happy to see renewed activity in a Flint housing development.

Three more new homes in Smith Village should be ready for residents to start moving in by the end of this year.
    
Those three homes are scheduled to be ready by December.
    
One modular home went in this week.
    
A Smith Village homeowner tells ABC12 it's a sign of progress.

It's been nearly two months since Rashad Nichols moved in Smith Village. He wanted a place he and his little girl could call home.
 
"That's what got my whole process moving, from finding out that I had a child on the way 'cause I was staying with my brother and getting kind of crowded and we need our own space," he said.
 
At one point, Nichols says he was going to move away from Flint because of the crime, but this new development gave him a reason to stay.
 
"It's been pretty quiet, I like how quiet it's been. I haven't been hearing the gunshots like the typical Flint so I like that," he explained.

In the next few weeks, another modular unit and a stick built house will also go into Smith Village.
   
Officials hope this project leads to other developments in the city.
 
"As you can see, there's a lot of beautiful things happening in the city of Flint and this is just another component of that and so we're very pleased.  They'll be other activities and other developments that occur in the city, Smith Village is just one of those activities. We're on the home stretch and we're very pleased with our developer and all of the progress that has been made," said David Solis, the planning and development administrator for Flint.
 
Although Nichols liked the progress that's being made, he's still concerned about the building next door to his home. It's a vacant building.
 
"I think it's a big eyesore, I think it will probably scare people away from trying to get into this complex so hopefully they'll do something with it," he said.
 
"There will be some landscaping that takes place around here also as well as some demolition around this area and blight enforcement so we're looking forward to this additional project that will be taking place here next spring; we believe it's going to be a very beautiful place to live," Solis said.

So far, at least seven people have closed on homes in Smith Village and several more homeowners-to-be are expected to finish up their paperwork soon.

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