Renew the Avenue (Byrne)


Project Details

  • UM Principal Investigator: Thomas Reischl
  • Lead Organization(s): Kettering University, University Avenue Corridor Coalition, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice
  • Project Dates: 2015-2017
  • Funding: National Institute of Justice, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program


Renew the Avenue is a project of the University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) and is led by Kettering University. The Michigan YVPC is leading the evaluation of the activities and overall project goals.

The University Avenue Corridor (UAC) is an approximately two-mile residential and commercial area stretching west from downtown and anchored by some of Flint’s largest employers and most dedicated institutions including Kettering University, the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint), Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Regional Hospital.  The boundaries are Ballenger Highway on the west, Court Street/the Flint River on the south, Chavez Drive on the east, and 5th Avenue / Flushing Road on the north.

The University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) has three goals:

  • Reduce the incidence of violent and property crimes, through coordinated law enforcement and security services, identifying and addressing links between substance use and sales with crime; and incorporate new strategies that include surveillance technology and social networking.
  • Decrease the incidence of crime by fostering increased community participation, through the implementation of the SARA model, door-to-door canvassing by diverse teams of residents including local schools and churches in outreach efforts.
  • Decrease blight that facilitates crime through the deployment of CPTED strategies which will include the removal of graffiti, improving site lines, mowing vacant lots, and strategic landscaping. Additional blight elimination efforts will target code enforcement, collaborate with the Land Bank’s Clean & Green program, and organize community clean-up events.

This funding will expand these efforts.