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 […]
Property Owner Pursues Plan B for Preservation of Edith Macefield House; OPAL Community Land Trust Unable to Secure Funding to Move House to Orcas Island
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 […]
With Your Help, Edith Macefield’s ‘Up House’ Will Float to a New Home on Orcas Island
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 […]
Submit New Small Works Roster Application
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 […]
Houses Arrive From Poulsbo, Seattle
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.
House Moves to Orcas from Belfair, WA
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.
House Moves to Oberon Lane
April 2013 – On April 11, OPAL moved a 2-bedroom house from its location on Main Street, just east of Washington Federal Bank, to Oberon Lane. In recent years the building served as a vacation rental, an attorney’s office, a hot tub sales store and as the home of Shearwater Kayaks. In its new location, […]
OPAL House is on the Move
March 2013 – On March 21, OPAL moved a house from Buck Mountain to Mountain View. Partnering with Nickels Bros., OPAL moved a 960 square foot home from Parker Reef Road, near the base of Buck Mountain, to a lot acquired by OPAL through donation. The house is the fourth building that OPAL has moved […]
OPAL Purchases House on Hemlock Street
November 2012 – Utilizing grant funding from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, OPAL purchased a 1,400 sq. ft. three-bedroom home on Hemlock Street in Eastsound. OPAL will implement modest repairs to the house and offer it for sale at a price of $180,000 early in 2013.
OPAL Places Third in National Competition
September 2012 – OPAL placed third in national competition for Board Source’s Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards. The application included a narrative and 2–5 minute video.
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