Friday, April 29, 2016

Downtown Versus Neighborhoods: The Flint City Council Decides the Fate of the Capitol Theatre

Talk to residents out in many Flint neighborhoods and it doesn't take long to realize there's a growing divide between neighborhood interests and downtown interests, often represented by Uptown Development and the Flint & Genesee Chamber. Look no further than the looming showdown in the Flint City Council over the transfer of a property tax freeze that Uptown says is key to rehabilitating the historic Capitol Theatre.

MLive's Dominic Adams reports:
Flint City Council Eric Mays said he supported the tax freeze under the past ownership but has not made his mind up on the transfer request. 
"I want the residents to come out and weigh in on that," said Mays, adding he believes there are other legal issues that need to be clarified before the council can vote. 
Councilwoman Monica Galloway, who represents the theater's ward, said Wednesday she is still gathering information about the proposal and declined further comment.

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