01/02/2018: "SJ Home Trust Receives Two Land Donations For Affordable Housing"
The San Juan Community Home Trust (SJCHT) has received two donations of land that can serve as sites for new affordable housing. The first donation is from David and Patricia Giuliani of San Juan Island. It is a parcel of land at the comer of Tucker and McDonald Streets in Friday Harbor. The property is 9,900 square feet, and has currently has no structures.
The second donation was a gift of 5.85 acres in the 1200 block of Turn Point Road, made by Larry SoIl on December 29.
"The Home Trust is delighted at this completely unexpected gift, it's a great way to end 2017," said David S. Gow, Executive Director ofSJCHT. "The Giulianis are keenly interested in being part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis in the San Juans, so we are most grateful for the confidence they are putting in our home building and home ownership program," he said.
"We will repay that confidence by creating a permanently affordable family home there in the near future, which will serve as an attractive and welcoming portal to the McDonald Street- Friday Avenue neighborhood," Gow said.
Gow added that "This gift by Mr. SolI is a critical piece for the community, because it reemphasizes that area, the official Urban Growth Area, is the future for expanding the supply of permanently affordable homes locally. The Home Trust is grateful for this donation, and for Mr. SolI's leadership on the affordable housing issue, which is unmatched."
The Turn Point Road parcel is 900 feet east of the Home Trust's Sun Rise development at 473 Grover Street East. The property eventually will be the site for more than 40 affordable units; it is already the location of the Urban Growth Area's state-of-the-art "living machine" wastewater treatment center.
Larry Soll was one of the founders of the San Juan Community Home Trust. His donation follows close on the heels of a gift by David & Patricia Giuliani of a lot at the comer of Tucker and McDonald Streets.
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Founded in 2001, the San Juan Community Home Trust was created by San Juan Island activists
for the purpose of creating permanently affordable housing for low- and moderate-income
residents-promoting economic diversity and development, and supporting a sustainable island
community while practicing responsible stewardship of the rural environment. In the years
since, the Home Trust has built the Salal and Sun Rise I neighborhoods, and is currently working
to complete Sun Rise II.