The Campaign for Fishtown
It has been two years since the quiet launch of The Campaign for Fishtown in 2017. The Campaign was created to raise the funds needed to repay the final installment of the debt incurred as part of the acquisition of the Fishtown properties in 2007, rehabilitate three shanties not dealt with in our prior shanty projects in 2014, and resolve critical infrastructure and other site issues.
Fishtown Preservation is proud to announce that, on February 7, 2019, we paid the final mortgage installment for Fishtown property. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, Fishtown now belongs to everyone, free and clear.
What lies ahead are the remaining goals of the Campaign: funding for the rehabilitation of the shanties, the resolution of infrastructure issues, and the installation of a new entryway and landscaping. Not surprisingly, in the last two years the required investment has increased. High Lake Michigan water levels and greater flow over the Leland Dam have revealed additional structural issues. The Fishtown docks require far more than a few new pilings—they need to be entirely replaced. The shanty foundations require more extensive foundation work than originally planned. Construction and materials costs continue to increase. And the need is more urgent than ever.
As a result, the project estimate increased from $1,600,000 to $2,500,000. If you are interested in a detailed breakdown of these costs, we will be happy to provide one. Please join us as we move forward in the final steps to rehabilitate the Fishtown that we acquired in 2007.
You can support The Campaign for Fishtown with:
- One-time gift of cash or securities
- Multi-year pledge forms:
– Campaign for Fishtown pledge form – payable by December 31, 2021
- For more information call Amanda Holmes at 231-256-8878 or email [email protected]
Thank you to all who helped us achieve the Jeffris Family Foundation challenge grant and the Anonymous Donor who helped inspire gifts. We are also grateful to the Consumers Energy Foundation for helping us reach this goal!