NEWS RELEASE   3/12/2014

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Flint - A Design Charrette for the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail will be
held on Tuesday, March 18 from 5-7 pm with a follow-up event scheduled for
Wednesday, March 19 from 11 am -1 pm. The 2-day event will take place at
Word of Life Church, 460 W. Atherton Rd., Flint, MI 48532. The highly
interactive workshop will involve design exercises related to the Greenway
Trail design, function, and appearance. Participants are being asked to
commit 30-45 minutes of their time to provide input and feedback on
preliminary designs over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Grand Traverse Greenway Trail project aligns perfectly with the City of
Flint Master Plan Transportation & Mobility section which focuses on
creating "a sustainable, modern, and safe multi-modal transportation
networks that efficiently provides for the needs of all people and
businesses." The trail will promote biking, walking, and active living
within Flint, while presenting the ability to connect with the larger
regional trail network.

Design Charrettes are intensive, hands-on workshops that bring an array of
community members with different back grounds together, in one room to
explore design options for the trial. The goal of the charrette will be to
capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community - with designers
sketching as fast as they are generated by the participants. "Charrettes
are a great way to engage with the public. This workshop will allow
participants to be creative while providing input on their vision for the
Greenway Trail and what they'd like to see it look like in the future. It
will not be a traditional meeting setting," said Kevin Schronce, Associate
Planner at the City.

The Design Charrette will be hosted by the City of Flint, Michigan State
University, and the Michigan Municipal League. The City of Flint was
selected as a PlacePlans community, an initiative that provides technical
assistance to cities for projects that demonstrate transformative
placemaking opportunities. Partnering with Diplomat Pharmacy, Flint was one
of eight cities throughout Michigan that was awarded the opportunity. The
City is also in the process of acquiring the 3.4 mile stretch of CSX rail
line through a previously awarded MDNR grant.

Anyone interested in attending the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail Design
Charrette should contact *Kevin Schronce at 810-766-7426 x.3028, or

Greenway Design March 2014

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