Acme Township is trying to decide if founder Leonard Hoxsie's house is historical enough to be saved.
The tan Victorian home, built in the 1870s, is on land designated as a beachfront park. Some say it's a valuable link to the past, while others want it gone to make for more green space.
"A few people have told me that their level of frustration about this has led them to withdraw pledges and that they won't be giving any future gifts to the project," said Megan Olds of Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
The conservancy, which helped the township purchase the land, doesn't take a position on the fate of the home. The township's long-term hope is to have a mile of uninterrupted public beachfront between U.S. 31 and East Grand Traverse Bay.
Others say the home, built by Hoxsie who operated a busy saw mill and mapped out local streets, should be used as an information center or concession stand.
The house has floors and banisters made of wood from the area's lumber boom and is one of few remaining historical buildings in Acme, said Dorothy Dunville, township clerk and secretary of Acme Heritage Society.
"People drive by it all the time and say how adorable it is and how wonderful it is to have that old house there," she said. "Take that away and it's going to be really blank there."
The township board will discuss the issue tonight and decide the home's fate early next year after studying its historical significance.