State Sues Developer over Flint-Area Wetlands

By: ap
By: ap

FENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The state says an upscale housing developer violated Michigan law by destroying Flint-area wetlands and dumping sediment into waterways.

The office of state Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit last month in Genesee Circuit Court on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality against October Capital Group, owners of the Liberty Shores housing development.

Steve Munkres, head of October Capital Group, tells The Flint Journal that he's aware of the DEQ's concerns but said the collapse of the housing industry forced his company out of business and made it unable to pay for necessary improvements.

Munkres says the company "did everything we could."

Genesee County's Fenton Township approved the 182-home subdivision in 2005. Munkres says the development went into foreclosure and was sold.

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