The Freighthouse, next to Frog Island Park on the north side of Depot Town, has been used as a community center, hosting the Depot Town Farmers Market, a café, and various community meetings and events. The Freighthouse is part of the Ypsilanti Historic District, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites.
The building's condition forced its closure in 2004. The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse (FOYF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the City, have raised money and received grants for the various repairs required to re-open the building. Today the Freighthouse is once again available for community and private events.
In April of 2020, management of the Freighthouse transitioned from the the Friends to the City of Ypsilanti.
The City continues to seek funding through grants and donations for maintenance of the building. If you are interested in using the building for an event, please fill out the Freighthouse Application Form.
The Ypsilanti Freighthouse is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Dates at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse are considered reserved once the Event Manager reviews the Building Policies and Regulations with the Renter, a Rental Contract has been signed, and a full payment of the rental fee and damage deposit have been received by the Freighthouse Event Manager. The damage deposit is a minimum of $100 or 20% of the rental fee. Cash or check accepted.