Mason County Sports Hall of Fame to remain at Historic White Pine Village
The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame (MCSHF) will not be moving from its current location at Historic White Pine Village to the former PNC Bank building in downtown Ludington.
According to a press release from the MCSHF, the decision was researched in great depth during the past year, and it was determined by the organization’s board of directors that the project was not economically sustainable in the long term. The decision to place the PNC building for sale was made at the recent MCSHF board of directors meeting.
The MCSHF had planned to develop a new Sports Center in downtown Ludington. The board’s vision, according to the press release, was to create another significant cultural attraction with a strong visitor experience that would appeal to residents and to visitors.
After the purchase of the old PNC building with the help of an anonymous philanthropist, the board engaged a consulting firm to explore the anticipated programs and to present a cost estimate for the development of the new facility. A pro-forma budget projecting revenue and anticipated expenses was developed, according to the MCSHF.
The organization stated that it was after significant collaborative input and analysis from the community that the MCSHF board of directors decided that the Sports Center concept was not sustainable without significant risk to the organization and other nonprofits competing for similar financial assistance in the area.
According to the MCSHF, the concept of connecting the celebration of local athletics with life lessons defines the new purpose of the organization. The board also stated that it wants to develop methods to educate area residents and visitors about the positive influence athletics has on the local community and society in general. Pursuing the board’s expanded vision will include strategic discussions with the Mason County Historical Society.