Flint hoping for $30 million grant to replace Atherton East housing complex

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/16/2017) - Kashawana Walton has been living in public housing at Atherton East Apartments for four years.

"Not very conditions at all," she said. "It's horrible here.”

Walton said she needs to get out, but can't afford to live elsewhere.

"A lot of these places need to be condemned because we have had flooding," Walton said.

Flint city officials are aware of the flooding issue. Flint Department of Planning and Development Project Coordinator Kristin Stevenson said the buildings were built on a floodplain decades ago.

She wants to move Walton and the other residents of Atherton East into a more viable area. A $30 million grant the city is vying for would help build new public housing for them.

“Thirty million dollars that is going to come into the city and really change lives for a lot of people,” said Stevenson.

The Flint Department of Planning and Development created a social media campaign to bring awareness to the plan. They are asking people to share #mychoiceisflint as to why they choose to live or work in the city.

Thirty different cities throughout the country are competing for the grant.

Early renderings of the project show two different spots being built in the city. One location would be townhomes and the other would have a three-story apartment building.

Stevenson said the locations they’ve picked out are at North Saginaw Road and Williams Street and South Saginaw and Atherton roads.

"It's a transformational opportunity for Flint neighborhoods and its people,” Stevenson said.

Walton has been waiting for this opportunity ever since receiving a flyer about the relocation project.

"It may be an apartment garage. I don't have a car or a drivers license and never had one, but my kids could run around and play in an enclosed area. It should be heated area and they could have a good time,” Walton said.

Finalists for the grant will be revealed next year.

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