FLINT, MI – The United States Environmental Protection Agency will begin demolishing an old convenience store on the east side of town.

The cleanup at 1815 Davison Road will be complete by the end of November and will not result in road closures, according to an EPA news release.

Following a November 2020 fire that damaged the building, its current owner, the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, requested EPA assistance.

U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced federal funding for the demolition and cleanup of the devastated convenience store.

“Cleaning up degraded properties helps strengthen Flint neighborhoods, reduce crime and increase property values ​​for those who live nearby,” Kildee said. “I am pleased to announce that this former convenience store and current eyesore will be demolished, making way for potential new economic development here in central Michigan. In Congress, I will continue to secure federal funds to help communities in central Michigan thrive.

Cleaning includes:

Transportation and disposal of asbestos-contaminated waste in an approved facility

Follow a safety plan including air monitoring to protect the health of workers and the public

“The Genesee County Land Bank appreciates the continued efforts of Congressman Kildee to help us address issues of scourge and abandonment,” said Michael Freeman, executive director of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, in a press release. . “This federal demolition and cleanup assistance will help improve the health and vitality of Flint’s East Side.

“Removing risks like this is the first step in restoring value to neighboring homeowners, creating opportunities for residents to build wealth through homeownership, and creating opportunities for economic development. “

The EPA expects traffic to increase for about two weeks as the asbestos is removed. Once the EPA cleanup is complete, the Genesee County Land Bank will be able to safely assess the property for potential redevelopment.

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