The mission of this campaign is to raise the necessary funds to reopen the Freighthouse so it can be utilized as a community facility, gathering place, promote educational adventures and represent the significance of Depot Town within the city of Ypsilanti as a charming historical landmark.

Donating is easy and 100% tax deductible! For online donations – Visit our project page, hosted on the Michigan crowdfunding website Patronicity, or click the Donate Now button at the top of the page. If you would like to pay by check, please make donations out to Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse and mail to – FOYF, c/o Visual Compass, 19 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.


Depot Town has seen a recent surge of new businesses, restaurants, shops and now needs a central gathering place to give residents more opportunity to participate in local activities and bolster the sense of community within the neighborhood. You can be a part of transforming the historic Freighthouse into a vibrant, interactive and usable space to facilitate events like:

  • Concerts, dances and cultural/civic celebrations

  • Festivals and street fairs

  • Educational experiences and tours

  • Other community-focused offerings

  • Business meetings, weddings and other private events


Help us open the doors of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse once again. Your donations will restore its beauty, usefulness and make it a destination for community members to create new memories with family and friends in this amazing neighborhood.