A public meeting will be held on Thursday night by the City of Flint and the Genesee County Land Bank in which plans will be presented for the Chevy in the Hole site.

The meeting will include a formal presentation of the site design plan which will become a blueprint to convert the 60-acres of city-owned, former automobile manufacturing facility into a natural area renamed Chevy Commons.The space will be redeveloped in phases to include open grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands interlaced with trails that will provide a link to surrounding institutions, neighborhoods and a regional trail network.

The design work for the site is funded by a USEPA Brownfield Grant managed by the Genesee County Land Bank. The design - faithful to the goals and strategies by the City of Flint Master Plan - was prepared by landscape architects, engineers and environmental professionals. The plan calls for the site to be capped with an attractive low-maintenance natural landscape intended to minimize maintenance and storm water management costs.

Besides the site plan, descriptions of site safety, environmental conditions, funding and construction phasing are expected to be addressed. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department located at 601 N. Saginaw Street in Suite 1B.

Chevy in the Hole is the home of the 1936/37 Sit-Down Strike. Automobile manufacturing operations began at the property in 1904 and the last factory buildings there were demolished in 2004.

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