Next Step in the Holly Depot Move: Online Fundraiser for 2 to 1 Match
(C. Proxmire, Aug. 24, 2020)
Holly, MI – The quest to relocate the historic Holly Union Depot to a place where it can be accessed and enjoyed by the public carries on.
Downtown Holly announced the update, stating:
“The Holly Union Depot in Holly, Michigan was built in 1886 and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the significance of the Depot’s history to the local community. The Depot was such a “people place” that over time the many travelers that waited in line to purchase tickets wore depressions in the floor!”
“The Village of Holly owns the building, but the public cannot access the Depot due to its close proximity to two active rail lines and the change in safety standards by the railway companies. The building must be MOVED about 1,000 feet so that it can be revived, rehabilitated, and allowed to become a people place once again. And we need to raise a lot of money to make that happen,” states the crowdfunding page.
“We’re excited to share that the Village of Holly’s Downtown Development Authority board members unanimously voted to match ALL donations received 2:1, up to $50,000. Therefore, every $1 donation will become $3. Through this crowdfunding campaign, if we can raise $50,000, the Holly DDA will donate $150,000! Your tax-deductible donation will make a HUGE difference and allow the Village of Holly to breathe life back into this historical building.”
Organizers successfully secured a grant through a National Geographic contest in 2019 to help buy the property which is closer to the downtown than the depot’s current location.
Click on this link to make a donation and learn more about the project: www.patronicity.com/hollydepot