This site design plan provides a “blueprint” to convert a 60-acre portion of the city-owned, former automobile manufacturing facility, commonly known as Chevy in the Hole, into a natural area called Chevy Commons.
The park-like space will be re-developed in phases to include open grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands interlaced with trails that will link to the surrounding institutions, neighborhoods, and regional trails. The design detailed in this plan will serve as a guide for the development of phases as funding becomes available.
Details on the first three proposed phases are included in this document. The specific scale and scope of future phases may change based on community and stakeholder interests and the sources or amount of funding available at any given time.
This approach will enable the City and Genesee County Land Bank to use available federal brownfield funds to address immediate safety concerns on the site and begin to build the first phases of the green cap.
With construction beginning in the Spring of 2015, the Flint River Corridor Alliance is dedicated to helping fund future phases of the site, identifying funding sources to add recreational amenities, and to work with our partners to help maintain and program the site.
The City of Flint was awarded a $1.6 million United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Revolving Loan Cleanup Sub-grant from the Genesee County Treasurer to address environmental concerns and construct the initial phases of a landscaped cap on Chevy Commons.
The City of Flint entered into an agreement with the Genesee County Land Bank to manage the process of dressing environmental contamination concerns, developing the site design and construction plans, and completing the first phase of development. Chevy Commons is located along the Flint River a few blocks west of Downtown and adjacent to Kettering University, Atwood Stadium and GM Tool and Die.
Additional nearby institutions include Hurley Medical Center, Flint Children’s Museum, Power Catholic and Michigan School for the Deaf. Kearsley Street provides a direct link to the site from the University of Michigan-Flint Campus and Downtown.A group of partners were invited to participate in a technical advisory group to help build support for redevelopment, use and maintenance of the site. The group included representatives from the Flint River Corridor Alliance, surrounding neighborhoods, nearby institutions, and organizations with a potential interest in programming and using the site.
During the two technical advisory group meetings, the design team – including landscape architects, environmental consultants, and engineers – shared information on the planning history, site context, and examples of similar projects in other cities. The design team created this design plan based on an in-depth site analysis of opportunities and constraints combined with information gathered during this and previous site plannig processes.