The Pierson Road corridor in North Flint runs from the large-scale commercial node at Clio & Pierson, past traditional single-family neighborhoods and Flint Lake Park, to neighborhood commercial nodes at Martin Luther King Avenue and Saginaw Street. The city of Flintâ€™s recent Master Plan prioritizes the stability of the neighborhoods along the corridor, seeking to evolve the area into a retail and pedestrian destination for those living in North Flint neighborhoods as well as include townhome and small multi-family home options.
The Genesee County Land Bank Authority had recently demolished a blighted apartment complex at the intersection of Pierson Road and Cloverlawn Drive, and needed help identifying next steps for the property.
The League engaged Beckett & Raeder, Inc. to develop concept plans for the site, with feedback from Land Bank and city planning staff. While the master plan suggested mixed-use in this area, a retail market analysis showed the area to be already oversupplied with commercial space, so we recommended limiting any mixed-use component to flexible live-work housing or similar small spaces along the Pierson Road frontage.
In May 2018, after a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process that drew multiple proposals, the Land Bank selected a development team composed of the Imagine Brinshore Group, a national affordable housing developer, and the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, a neighborhood group already leading efforts along the corridor.
The proposal selected includes plans to build 78 units of affordable, rental housing available to lowÂ income residents in a variety of unit types including a three-story building, attached two-storyÂ townhomes, and six tiny-homes. This building strategy will help transition from the busy traffic onÂ Pierson Road to the residential neighborhood behind this parcel of land.
The plan requires a mix of funding including conventional financing, developer contributions, and anÂ award of LIHTC. Construction could begin in late 2019.