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Group agrees to buy Flint Journal properties

The Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC), a nonprofit corporation created to strategically target downtown Flint for redevelopment, has agreed to buy two Flint Journal properties — the historic Flint Journal building, 200 E. First St., and the former newspaper printing facilities, 100 E. First St. The combined buildings are nearly 200,000 square feet of space and over 5 acres of land. The intent is to renovate and lease the former newspaper offices to one or more organizations.

Michigan State University announced expansion plans for its medical education and public health programs in Flint in recent weeks. MSU, which received a $2.8 million grant for the expansion from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in December, has expressed interest in creating a campus in downtown Flint.

Tim Herman, president of the URC, says that MSU could be an ideal tenant for the former Flint Journal property.

"URC is working with the C. S. Mott Foundation and MSU to determine if the property is a good fit for MSU's needs," said Herman.

"Health care is one of the fastest growing sectors in Flint and Genesee County, a key driver of our local economy," said Herman. "So we're really excited that MSU wants to bring its medical education and public health program to Flint — especially to downtown. This program provides a great option for local students who are interested in public health education."

"URC is off to a good start with redevelopment projects this year with the former Flint Journal properties," said Inez Brown, URC board chairman. "We look forward to matching the space to the right business or nonprofit organization and generating excitement about revitalization efforts in downtown Flint."

"We couldn't be more pleased that Michigan State University is expanding its medical education program and bringing its public health program to the Flint area where it will complement an already thriving college and university atmosphere," said Charles Stewart Mott Foundation President and CEO William S. White. "Finding a suitable location for the program — preferably downtown — has been uppermost in the minds of all of us associated with this project including Uptown, which has been actively scouting locations. Giving new life to an older building, such as the Flint Journal property, would be a welcome addition to the various revitalization efforts that have taken place downtown in recent years."

URC is committed to make downtown Flint one of the best "small-city" downtowns in the United States. The corporation has made solid progress over the past eight years on downtown investment projects of more than $387 million.

"We're excited about what's happening downtown," said Herman. "We have had a good string of developments and we plan to keep the momentum going. This is going to be a good year."

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