Following a recap of OPAL Community Land Trust’s activities in 2015 and the election and recognition of new and retiring trustees, a highlight of OPAL’s 26th annual meeting on April 26 was the surprise celebration of Lisa Byers’ 20 years of leadership as executive director.. “Lisa became executive director of OPAL in 1996,” said co-founder […]
The OPAL 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 26 in the Parish Hall of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Eastsound. The event begins at 5 P.M. and the first hour includes hors d’oeuvres, a brief business meeting and the year-in-review presentation by Lisa Byers. At approximately 6 P.M., we’ll enjoy a potluck […]
Your donations covered the costs of moving and renovating this house. Here you see it arriving by barge on Orcas Island. And here’s how it appears today, providing a loving home for a single mom who has lived on Orcas most of her life. She joins nine other homeowners who have been able […]
June 2015 – Two more houses arrived by barge on the same day – one from West Seattle and the other from Langley, B.C. The house from West Seattle was the topic of a news clip on King5 news. The reporter followed up by coming to Orcas to create another news story highlighting the need […]
April 2014: As part of celebrating OPAL’s 25 year anniversary, we decided to create a report to send to all the businesses and individuals on Orcas Island, Our Report to You- 25 Years of Affordable Housing. The report reveals some of the milestones for the organization and is enhanced by Carla Stanley’s whimsical illustrations. In case […]
Almost two months after it was announced that the nonprofit OPAL Community Land Trust would have the first opportunity to raise funds to move the Edith Macefield House from its current location in Ballard to Orcas Island, OPAL has ended efforts to raise the required funds. OPAL had hoped to renovate the house in order […]
OPAL’s proposal to move the famous Edith Macefield “Up House” from Ballard to Orcas has been accepted by the current owners. We are thrilled by this opportunity to help perpetuate Edith Macefield’s legacy and to create another permanently affordable home for the island. Now, we have to raise the funds and move the house. To […]
March 2014 – OPAL Community Land Trust maintains a Small Works Roster for projects up to $300,000 in value, such as construction, renovation, remodeling, alteration, repair or improvements of real property. Companies that have previously submitted applications and have been listed on the Small Works Roster should submit a new application to update the information in […]
April 2014 – OPAL moved two houses–one from Poulsbo, WA and the other from along the shore of the Duwamish River in Seattle. The Poulsbo house was moved to Seaview Street, and the Duwamish house to Mountain View. These houses will be renovated and then sold at an affordable price to island families.
September 2013 – On September 26, OPAL moved a house from Belfair, WA to Seaview Street. The two-bedroom house is situated on property acquired earlier in the year. This is the first house moved by OPAL from an off-island location.