Future of Michigan Castle Uncertain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The historic Henderson Castle remains open, for the time being at least.
The structure that sits just west of downtown Kalamazoo was built in 1895 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Peter and Laura Livingstone-McNelis have been operating a bed and breakfast at the castle since 2005. They said last month it would close after Jan. 1 if they couldn't raise $100,000 to help pay the bills.
On Monday, Peter Livingstone-McNelis told the Kalamazoo Gazette no decision had been made.
He told the newspaper that the couple received $50,000 by the end of last month, and more funding could be on the way.
"I had a potential investor show up a couple of days ago, and he met with me yesterday," Livingstone-McNelis said. "He's confident he can pull something together."
Livingstone-McNelis said he hasn't taken any new reservations, and he'll decide within two weeks whether to keep open the bed and breakfast.
A "For Sale" sign was installed on the property late last month, but Livingstone-McNelis said his 25-year lease agreement must be honored and that a new owner -- if there was a sale -- would have to assume the lease.
"It doesn't change anything. It just adds a new owner," he said.

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