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      Effort underway to transform ex-mortuary in Flint

      Organizers hope to raise $12,000 in this Kickstarter campaign.

      A recent architecture graduate and others are working to transform an abandoned mortuary in Flint into a cooperative art and community space.

      A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise funds for the project, which is being called Spencer's Art House.

      Organizers want to raise $12,000 by Saturday.

      The long-vacant 120-year-old building is in Flint's historic Carriage Town neighborhood.

      Leading the effort is Andrew Perkins, a recent graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo architecture school who fixed up an abandoned house in upstate New York using only recycled materials.

      The plan with Spencer's Art House is to turn it into an alternative space for architects, designers, artists and engineers to produce innovative work and demonstrate Flint's potential for rebirth.