Flint looks to deal with nearly 20,000 blighted properties in 5 years; effort could cost $107M

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FLINT, Michigan — Flint is looking to deal with nearly 20,000 blighted properties over the next five years as part of an effort that could cost more than $107 million.

The city has adopted the "Beyond Blight: City of Flint Blight Elimination Framework." Work already is taking place.

Mayor Dayne Walling says in a statement "Flint is a city in transition" and "by being strategic ... we are going to win the war against blight."

Flint says 19,842 properties need blight elimination work, including commercial buildings, residential structures and vacant lots — representing more than one-third of all properties in the city. Officials say it's the first time Flint detailed the scale and cost of blight in the city.

Officials also say there's a need to change property maintenance standards, including code enforcement.

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