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.

Applewood Master Plan Map

Parking Lot
South Property
Main House

Drone photo of the new parking lot at Applewood

Parking Lot

The Ruth Mott Foundation has constructed a parking lot on the property at 305 Walnut St., across Kearsley Street from the main entrance of Applewood. The lot opened in August 2022 and serves as shared parking for Applewood and the Flint Cultural Center. It is conveniently located near The Whiting auditorium and other Flint Cultural Center institutions.

STATUS: Completed in 2022

  • Construction is completed and the parking lot is in use.
  • New sidewalks direct visitors toward Applewood’s front gate.
  • Since Decker Street is now closed, a traffic barricade will remain on Kearsley Street at Walnut Street to prevent traffic heading east. That entire stretch of Kearsley will remain open to non-vehicular traffic.

The lower gardens photographed above from a drone

South Property

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 flexible learning spaces.
  • The linden trees along the fence/border of the lower gardens (near the site of the pavilion) have been removed. The trees were overshading the Rose Garden, Demonstration Garden, and other nearby vegetation.

Applewood window wells under construction

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.

STATUS: Completed in 2021

  • 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 was planted in the spring of 2022.