Kettering among Flint's leading land owners

By: ap
By: ap

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Kettering University is quickly becoming one of Flint's largest landowners.

The Flint Journal reports that the private university has acquired more than 100 properties in the city. It now owns more than General Motors, the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College.

University officials say Kettering's goal is to make Flint a better place. The neighborhoods around Kettering are more stable than many in Flint, but they have shown signs of decay. The properties bought include vacant and improved residential and commercial properties.

The university plans first to demolish blighted and damaged buildings. There are no specific plans beyond that except to maintain them.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says demolishing blighted properties is the first step toward revitalization

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