Home Trust celebrates property acquisition; ribbon cutting Sept. 12

San Juan Community Home Trust will celebrate its acquisition of 5.1 acres for permanently-affordable homes on Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m.

The celebration is open to the public.

The celebration will take place on the property — a portion of the Buck/Boreen property, near the former Friday Harbor Sand & Gravel site — and will include free refreshments, recorded and live music, information about the sustainable features of the homes that will be built on the property, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Acquisition of the property follows a nearly three-year effort to have the original 46-acre parcel annexed by the Town of Friday Harbor. More than $1.3 million in state and federal grants have been awarded for the development of 14 permanently affordable homes, to be constructed within the next year.

The neighborhood, called Sun Rise, will be the home trust's second neighborhood. Its first, Salal Neighborhood, on Carter Avenue, consists of 15 homes and was built in 2006. Residents have included two Town Council members and a PTA president.

You may drive into the property from the end of Grover Street where there is some parking, but for those who don’t mind walking a few blocks, park along Grover Street or by the elementary school and walk in. Enter on the left side of the dead end sign at the end of Grover, on an unpaved road that immediately takes a right turn.

There will be signs directing you to the celebration, which will take place at the same stage where the Island Village Faire took place. Tables and chairs will be provided.

Hot dogs will donated by King's Market, soft drinks by the Big Store and Little Store, a pasta salad by Market Chef, and additional salads by board members. Sound Vibrations, a women’s a capella singing group under the direction of Angel Michaels, will perform.

Mayor David Jones will cut the ribbon.

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