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After line break, the Genesee Valley Center might have water supply turned off

After line break, the Genesee Valley Center might have water supply turned off



FLINT TWP., MI -- The Genesee Valley shopping center's water supply is about to be shut off unless owners make repairs to a broken private line by 7 p.m. tonight.

The Genesee County Drain Commissioners Office stated in a news release Wednesday, December 1 that the line break has caused fluctuations in water pressure for surrounding homes and businesses along Miller Road from Linden Road to I-75, and it intends to shut off water to the mall until repairs to its line are made immediately.

Mall ownership has thus far been unable to make the appropriate repairs, the county statement adds. (Genesee County) has no jurisdiction relating to this private line and is unable to intervene to help the line ourselves.

Namdar Realty Group, which owns the shopping center, referred questions about the water line break to Gary Thomas, general manager of the mall, who declined comment to MLive-The Flint Journal.

Two years ago, Namdar, which is based in New York, purchased Genesee Valley.

The Drain Commissioners Office statement on the line break states that shutting water off to the mall is essential as long as the private line is broken to preserve the integrity of the water system in Flint Township and adjacent communities.

Water service to the mall will remain off until the appropriate repairs are done, the news release adds.

Maintenance crews are flushing water lines and hydrants around the mall property and throughout Flint Township, according to the county, and are monitoring bacteria and chlorine residual levels.

At this time, no cross-contamination has occurred, the statement states. Water will be held at the taps for 2-3 minutes if they experience cloudy or discolored water. Our team will continue to test and verify water quality throughout the evening and overnight hours.

Genesee Valley has suffered from lease losses in recent years, but it still operates a Macy's department store. The shop opened in 1970, like many other shopping malls.

Sears, the first store, opened in May 1970, followed by Hudson's in July 1970.

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