A lot of new and exciting change is happening here in downtown Flint. In October of 2018, The Michigan Economic Development Corp. approved a $200,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant to renovate the former Perry Drug building. The building currently holds three business of six retail units and made the most sense to be developed as retail space.

Michigan’s oldest artist-run nonprofit contemporary art gallery – Buckham Gallery, as well as men’s custom clothing and grooming shop – KeLan Foard The Brand and Elga Credit Union, the center of the storefront, have all made a home in the newly restored building. 

URC president, Tim Herman shares, “By renovating the Perry building into a small retail hub, we are providing entrepreneurs and small businesses – many incubated at the Ferris Wheel, the Flint Farmers’ Market and Factory Two – with access to appropriate-sized spaces that will allow them to grow into the next phase of their business.”

Not only does this project bring an empty building to use, but it’s also helping redevelop downtown Flint, and this is just the start.

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