Chevy in the Hole

Flint, MI

Project Overview

The City had an undevelopable eyesore – a blighted, contaminated, 60-acre downtown riverfront site – that it wanted to transform into an urban park with event space and recreational areas. The site, widely known as “Chevy in the Hole,” was once the heart of Chevrolet’s worldwide manufacturing operations.

F&V evaluated due care requirements for the redevelopment of the property as a County Park. F&V provided construction engineering services, including oversight for Phase IV and Phase A of the revitalization project, which started in 2015. The project is now complete with final seeding and maintenance of native vegetation to be conducted in 2023 and 2024. As part of the due care evaluation, F&V completed an inventory and evaluation of sewer outfalls and lines discharging into the Flint River, a condition assessment of the flood control structure, and prepared bids specs.

The restored grasslands, meadows, wetlands, and woodlands site – with native plantings and paved paths – transformed a once-abandoned site along the Flint River into a thriving and revitalized 21st Century community asset now called Chevy Commons. In late 2021, Governor Whitmer announced that this site would become a new urban State Park. Long term plans include the incorporation of this Park with other recreational and redevelopment projects that will link this site to other sites along the Flint River.

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