Submitted by Lopez Community Land Trust
In 2016, Ms. Pamela McCabe said, “I was watching the new Blossom building going up, and I was simply amazed by the transformation. So I thought to myself, here’s a way to create more space for both organizations [Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) and Lopez Fit] I am passionate about.”
A third organization, Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) is also benefitting from Pamela’s generosity. On January 4, 2019, Pamela gifted LCLT the two apartments located just behind the new building. 30 years ago, LCLT started building affordable housing on Lopez, and to date holds about 70 acres of land in trust for homes as well as a farm. Approximately 50 households on Lopez benefit from access to stable housing, including 12% of the school-age children.
A few months ago carpets, some cabinets, appliances, and other fixtures were torn out and the refurbishing began at 45 Pear Tree Lane. The bones of the building are good but after 20 years of wear the apartments needed some TLC inside and out. This month you can see the new siding going on and next month both of the 1,350 square foot apartments will be near completion and ready for long-term rent.
To celebrate and offer big thanks for the generous gift from Pamela, the hard, steady work of Tanya Mathis-Youde & Barry Hastings, the volunteer labor of Paul White and to recognize the many other Lopezians who have worked on the project, LCLT Board and staff invite you to an OPEN HOUSE on SATURDAY, August 31 from 1-3 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered.