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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Clare Depot Doubler'

$26,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC and MSHDA's Public Space Space Community Places Initiative


Lansing, Mich. – The Clare depot will soon receive renovations to transform the space into a visitor center, museum and more with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and City of Clare announced today. Offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity as part of the Public Spaces Community Places program, the campaign will support final renovations of the recently moved and redeveloped train depot to allow for community access.

“Public Spaces Community Places is a great tool to help raise funding for community projects,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to direct resources and partner with the city of Clare in efforts like this to complete community spaces and create a place for visitors and activity to flourish.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by Aug. 15, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

"The rehabilitated Clare Depot will generate greater vitality and provide the opportunity for economic growth within the city while operating as a central location for visitors and local residents to connect with the downtown district," MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said.

The exterior and main floor renovation to the depot is the final piece before the depot is able to open as a space for the public, a trailhead for the Pere-Marquette trail, a railroad museum, a visitor center and home to the chamber and arts council. Leading up to this project, Clare's depot has been re-roofed, moved 1,800 feet, received a new basement, windows, doors, elevator, fire suppression system and heating and cooling system. The lower level is complete with community meeting rooms and classroom instruction area.

"We are very grateful to the members of the Greater Clare Area Community who have supported our long-term efforts to save and rehabilitate our historic railroad depot, which was one of the community’s greatest assets well over a century ago,” said Clare city manager Ken Hibl. “The crowd-funding opportunity provided to us by the MEDC & MSHDA will take us ever-closer to our long-term goal of restoring the depot to its former status as a key and essential community asset.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

“By supporting this crowdfunding effort you are really accentuating all the work that has already taken place at the site,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “The League believes in building on the placemaking assets that exist in a community and the Clare Depot is certainly one of those assets. With the help of Clare supporters, the Depot will be a source of public pride for years to come.”

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan.  These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy. 
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check, where more than 102,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at





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