OPAL Community Land Trust seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for three properties OPAL will be developing within the next two years. The report must meet the current ASTM Standards as of January 1, 2022. Contact OPAL’s Project Manager with questions at 360-317-5298 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil engineer needed to provide full design services for eight affordable single-family homes on Orcas Island in Eastsound WA. Qualified proposals will show a successful track record with green and low-impact development, a history of designing and securing stormwater permits, and completion of new construction projects with 10 units or more. A familiarity with the […]
The Door County Housing Partnership, a new community land trust in Wisconsin, celebrated the completion of their first home in mid-December. A new housing model in the area, board members reached out to OPAL for advice.
Motivated by their concern about the loss of affordable housing for local families, islanders Maia and John Vechey and Dave Roberts partnered with OPAL Community Land Trust in early May to buy seven apartments on Mt. Baker Road. “When these units went on the market, there was the very real possibility that the people living […]
OPAL Community Land Trust recently purchased nearly 30 acres of land in Eastsound. In keeping with OPAL’s long-term strategy of thoughtfully stewarding land for the benefit of the community and assuring that Orcas islanders will have access to homes they can afford, the board of trustees took action to acquire the property with a vision […]
On a cold and sunny October 24, a group of 15 volunteers – April’s Grove residents, OPAL homeowners and trustees, and community members wanting to get their hands dirty – helped to landscape the new April’s Grove neighborhood of affordable rental townhomes in Eastsound. To read the full article from the Islands’ Sounder click here. […]
The first nine households moved into April’s Grove at the beginning of September. It was a day filled with joy, exuberance and relief. On move-in day one woman arrived at 8 a.m., because she had borrowed a friend’s van and needed to return it that morning. Two single parents now have homes with bedrooms so […]
In response to this year’s need for social distancing, OPAL will hold its annual benefit Gala online and expand the event to four days. OPAL Gala2020 will begin at noon on Saturday, June 27, and end at midnight on Tuesday, June 30. To read the full article from the Islands’ Sounder please click here. To […]
It’s a new world, and your team at OPAL is adapting. We’re learning new ways to stay connected, new “work from home” routines, and are striving to take frequent, deep, full breaths. Speaking of which, how about we each take this moment … one big breath in … one big breath out … thanks for […]
It is better to light a tiny candle, than to rage at the darkness. – Chinese Proverb The COVID-19 virus is changing our lives. Your team at OPAL is doing our best to be part of a supportive response. Here’s a quick update to let you know what we are doing: OPAL is part […]