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New Flint DDA Director Prioritizes Communication, Parking

Flint, MI—Kiaira May just moved from Detroit to her new home in downtown Flint, but she’s already becoming a fixture on Saginaw Street as the Downtown Development Authority’s interim executive director. “My day is emails, emails, and then after that I have an open door policy,” May said, sitting down in her Church Street office, …

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Flint’s New Downtown Executive Director Focusing on Parking Problems and Developing Strong Relationships

City of Flint names first woman and African American Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – (06/16/2021) – New stores, restaurants, and living spaces have helped build momentum in Downtown Flint for the last five years or so. Now, as restrictions loosen and popular events return, the city is ready to …

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Flint’s New DDA Director is First African American Woman to Serve in Role

(UPDATE: The story has been updated to note Kiaira May is the first African American woman, not first woman, to hold the role as was previously incorrectly noted by the Flint Downtown Development Authority in an announcement on the move.) FLINT, MI — Flint’s Downtown Development Authority has hired a new executive director and made …

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Flint Close to Firing Up New EV Chargers in Heart of Downtown

FLINT– We are seeing more and more electric vehicles on roads and highways now. Several automakers– GM, Ford, Tesla, and Nissan among them– have several models available that run on electricity instead of gasoline, and there are more models coming soon. So where will all of these vehicles charge up? President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill includes …

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After $36.5 million Renovation of Century-Old Downtown Landmark, Hilton Garden Inn Opens with Two New Restaurants, COVID-19 Protocols

The first guests have checked into their rooms and reservations have been made for the weeks and months to come, according to the new Hilton Garden Inn staff. A historic century-old building that sat vacant for two decades has been renovated into a new 101-guest room hotel in the heart of Flint’s downtown and is launching with …

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Construction Begins on Georgia Manor Apartments in Flint’s Carriage Town

FLINT, MI — A long-vacant apartment complex in Flint’s Carriage Town will be converted into affordable housing under a project spearheaded by Communities First, Inc. The Georgia Manor Apartment project will convert a vacant three-story building into an apartment complex with 26 renovated units. The current building at 411 Lyon St. has been vacant for …

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New Hilton in Downtown Flint Adds 60 Jobs, ‘Invigorates’ Skyline, Officials Say at Opening Event

FLINT, MI — The long-awaited Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Flint will be open Monday, a project that “invigorates Flint’s skyline,” officials say.  The Hilton Garden Inn, a $37.9 million, 11-story hotel in the downtown area, is currently taking room reservations for Monday, Nov. 2 and onward. Sauce Italian American Kitchen and Bar and The …

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I-475 Proposal Imagines Massive Investment, New Look for Downtown Flint

FLINT, MI — City officials are promoting a massive project to remake I-475 in the downtown area, a proposal that calls for filling in the existing interstate, creating a boulevard route near the center of the city, and freeing up about 30 acres of new land for development. Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s administration previewed the idea …

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Flint Considers Partially Closing Streets to Help Downtown Businesses Reopen, Add Capacity

FLINT, MI– The Flint City Council is considering a resolution at its Monday, June 8, meeting that would close certain parts of Saginaw and Martin Luther King Jr. streets to help businesses safely reopen after the cornonavirus shutdown.   Restaurants were given the green light to reopen with restrictions, including reduced dining room capacity and …

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