preserving a working waterfront
In 2005, the “For Sale” sign on Holbrook Wharf galvanized a dozen Cundy’s Harbor residents to save this working waterfront property from private residential development. The non-profit Holbrook Community Foundation (HCF) was organized to purchase and manage the property for commercial fishing. This working waterfront is a mixed use property. In addition to the large commercial fishing wharf, Holbrook’s has a seasonal store, a seasonal snack bar on the wharf, and an historic house with two rental apartments and a photography gallery. Leases and rental income cover the day-to-day costs to operate the property. The business plan is not dependent on one particular product, so Holbrook’s will be able to survive changes in the commercial fishing industry.
The Holbrook Wharf and Snack Bar underwent major reconstruction in 2009. Innovative use of recycled products and energy efficient design were integral to the reconstruction work. Demolition and construction began in October 2008. Rebuilding was completed in May 2009, in time for the summer season.
Private funds continue to play a critical role in Holbrook’s ongoing restoration and preservation for commercial fishing. Donations, which are entirely tax deductible, help make this work possible. Please click here for more information on donating to Holbrook Community Foundation.
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