The nonprofit overseeing the fate of the Ballard home originally hoped to raise $205,000 by Tuesday. It’s about 10 percent of the way there.
OPAL Community Land Trust said Tuesday it’s raised about 10 percent of its $205,000 total to help cover the so-called “Up” house’s lift onto a barge, move across water, land and remodeling. The nonprofit hopes to renovate the home for a family to move into.
The group said in a news release Tuesday it’s starting a second phase of fundraising that will last until Sept. 30 to “identify additional funding sources.”
Project leaders in August said the future of the home, a longstanding symbol of anti-development, would be uncertain if they didn’t raise the money by Tuesday’s deadline.
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According to the release, OPAL has been working to secure donor support in addition to Kickstarter funds. One anonymous donor pledged a $50,000 challenge donation, if $100,000 is raised from other sources, the release said.
OPAL reiterated that the house would remain in limbo after September if the campaign doesn’t raise $175,000. Its future has been in flux since Macefield’s death in 2008.
Macefield at one point reportedly declined an offer of more than $750,000 to leave the tiny ‘Up’ house, and her story has been widely celebrated as a statement of beating big-name development. The house is nicknamed after the 2009 Pixar film.