Hamilton Dam in downtown Flint close to be demolished

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/13/17) - An historic downtown Flint landmark could be no more in a few months.

The more than 95-year-old Hamilton Dam is now even closer to demolition than ever before.

Permits have been granted from the state of Michigan, as Consumers Energy finishes up its remediation project ahead of removal of the dam, which has been deteriorating for many years.

A Lansing-area contractor has been hired to demolish the structure, which has been a downtown Flint fixture for nearly a century.

Removing the dam and surrounding concrete is an important step to opening up a 1.5-mile stretch of the Flint River.

"There will also be improved opportunities for fishing. There will be improved opportunities to land your kayak or your canoe -- to be able to wade down to the river," said Amy McMillan, Genesee County parks director. "It will feel and will function like more of a naturalized river in this section."

A $3 million DNR grant will pay for removing the Hamilton Dam, as well as another inflatable dam downstream, as well as other beautification projects upstream.

Work could begin as early as mid- to late-November and last about eight weeks.

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