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SALEM HOUSING is soliciting bids for full-code housing rehabilitation projects financed with Federal NSP 2 dollars.  Bid packages available after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2011.  Bid due by 3 p.m., Sept. 22.  Salem Housing 3216 M. L. King, Flint MI.  48505 (810) 785-5340, ext. 32/34.  Minority and female contractors encouraged to apply.

 

Community Development Planning Process


The Ruth Mott Foundation has provided funding to Salem Housing CDC in the amount of $390,000 over a three year period to develop neighborhood-wide planning for two distinctly different neighborhoods in the city of Flint – the neighborhoods adjacent to and surrounding Max Brandon Park and the KingsWood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood.

The planning process began in spring 2008 and included a collaboration of neighborhood block clubs and residents in addition to stakeholders such as businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and non-profit organizations. The project and planning process focused on “community” projects as well as “neighborhood” and “residential” projects and will address issues relating to activities and programming, maintenance and safety.

In many cases a newly developed house, a beautification project, or a neighborhood fair improves a neighborhood but it stands as an isolated project. The next project does not build upon the existing projects due to lack of communication and vision within the neighborhoods. The funding provided by the Ruth Mott Foundation will assist with the assessment, planning, and implementation of projects, which are identified, and agreed to, by all stakeholders of a neighborhood. Grants will be provided to organizations, neighborhood block clubs and residents, which are supported by the community and which will enhance the neighborhoods identified.

Salem Housing CDC’s role will be to facilitate the projects with one-on-one meetings with leaders, businesses, and neighborhood block clubs to identify projects focused in four major areas: image, market, physical conditions and neighborhood management. Projects will include “community” built projects and individual mini-grants. At least one “community built” project will be identified in each area. In addition, mini-grants for exterior home improvements will be provided upon agreement by 60 percent of the neighbors located in that area.

Max Brandon Park Project
The Max Brandon Park project will be a multi-year pilot, which will include neighborhoods surrounding Max Brandon Park. The stakeholders of the Max Brandon Park will develop their role as it relates to programs in the park as well as the management of their neighborhood. Located adjacent to a park whose assets, and liabilities often impact the quality of life in their neighborhood, resident and stakeholder input will be essential in the success of the “community” project.

Kings/Wood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood Project
The Kings/Wood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood is adapting to a new community of renters added to an established historic, primarily home-owning community. Within the Kings/Wood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood are three distinct communities; established homeowners, a new stable rental community, and a rental community who is often transient and lives in sub-standard housing. The stakeholders of the Kings/Wood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood project will focus on image, physical conditions, and neighborhood management based on neighbor-to-neighbor communication.

For additional information on the community development planning process for the Kings/Wood/Metawanenee Hills Neighborhood and the Max Brandon Park Neighborhood contact Louise Johnston at (810) 785-5340, ext. 21 or email ljohnston@salemhousing.org

 




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