Demolition scheduled for long-vacant Ballenger Square Apartments

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT)- (05/21/18) - Imagine living next door to broken glass, charred remains from a past fire and a dumping ground for trash.

That's what Donnie Young has had to look at every single day, ever since he moved into a duplex next to the former Ballenger Square Apartments in Flint.

"Yeah, makes the neighborhood bad for one and this is nice house and everything, it really needs to go," he said.

After nearly a decade of sitting vacant, an apartment complex in Flint is finally being torn down. Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack said it's long overdue.

"To see that this is happening now is really special to me because I can now tell my constituents you're going to feel safe, you're going to be safer, you're now going to have an area a whole block that's clean, that looks sterile, that you won't have to be afraid of walking down the street and someone coming out of the building," she said,

The project is being funded by a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the city of Flint and Genesee County.

Parker is glad to hear the eyesore will be gone, but he wonders what took so long.

"It should have been torn down and the one across the street as well, Young said.

The demolition is expected to be completed by the end of June.



 
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