I have seen more change in Carriage Town in the last four years than I have seen in the 21 years I have been here. I attribute most of that change to the contribution of resources from Kettering University. Once very insulated from the community, Kettering University is now a driving force behind several initiatives that embrace their extended campus and create a better environment for all. Atwood Stadium is just one example; and it is beyond stellar. Although a bittersweet sale for some, the transfer of ownership from the City of Flint to Kettering University could have very well been the lifeline Atwood Stadium needed to preserve Historic significance and maintain stabilization. From what was sure to be demolition, Kettering University has saved and returned Atwood Stadium to a once again viable, first class, sports arena offering local high schools and others the chance to utilize this venue for the intent of its design: The Peoples' Park. Thank You Kettering University and all the players that have recaptured the vision of William A. Atwoods daughter, Helen Atwood when in her dedication speech of June 8, 1929 she said "Into your hands I commit this choice gift, made for happiness. Administer it well, so that it shall ever be known as the playground of the people". My name is Ken Van Wagoner and this is my Carriage Town. ...
As construction continues on the Durant-Dort Factory One, plans call for the building to be turned into an archive and research center for General Motors, nearby Kettering University and the community.
We're participating in a webinar that is featuring the Detroit Future Cities' Field Guide for Working with Vacant Lots. It's great! It's got design plans, cost analysis, amount of work / difficulty of work involved, and more!
FIREWORKS TONIGHT: Thank you Clark Construction Company for sponsoring the fireworks display after the the Ira Rutherford Classic featuring Beecher High School and Flint Northwestern High School at Kettering University's Atwood Stadium! #KetteringAtwood