*Page Updated October 2021*
Applewood Master Plan & Projects
The Ruth Mott Foundation’s Applewood Master Plan provides a road map for the development and care of Applewood for the next 10-15 years. We will post updates here on the projects, including information for our visitors about potentially restricted access to areas under active construction.
Phase One of the plan includes two components: constructing a parking lot on property across from Applewood’s main gate on Kearsley Street and adding amenities on the estate’s south property/lower gardens area.
The Ruth Mott Foundation is constructing a parking lot on the property at 305 Walnut St., across Kearsley Street from the main entrance of Applewood. The lot will serve as shared parking for Applewood and the Flint Cultural Center, and is conveniently located near The Whiting auditorium.
- The site plan for the parking lot has been approved and construction is underway with a tentative timeline that the parking lot will be finished around year’s end.
- As construction progresses, temporary barricades will be placed at the intersections of Longway Boulevard & Kearsley Street; Longway & Decker Street; and Kearsley & Walnut Street. Applewood visitors will still be able to access our Visitor Parking Lot from Longway as usual. Additional free parking, if necessary, can be found throughout the Flint Cultural Center, and Applewood’s front Kearsley Gate is open and accessible to pedestrians and people who use wheelchairs when Applewood is open.
The Applewood Master Plan calls for a new pavilion with restrooms and open air shelter in the lower gardens area of Applewood, near the historic barn and chicken coop and the Demonstration Garden.
Design work for the lower gardens pavilion is ongoing. The pavilion design is planned to be sympathetic and complementary to the historic structures at Applewood and include open air space as well as shelter from the elements. The pavilion will include accessible restrooms, a quiet/nursing room, seating, and learning spaces.
Main House – Window Wells
While not part of the Master Plan, the main house at Applewood underwent window well repair and replacement in 2020 as part of its routine preservation and maintenance cycle. This work will ensure the 100-plus-year-old house is preserved for generations to come.
The window well work has been completed and the limestone finishes were reinstalled on the exterior of the house. New landscaping around the house was installed, and some additional landscaping will be planted in the spring of 2022.