June 10th, 2021

Groundbreaking for affordable housing

This Wednesday evening “block party” drew an colorful crowd, including elected leaders from local, county and state levels. Anacortes Family Center (AFC) Director Dustin Johnson, staff and board members hosted a groundbreaking event to kick off construction of a new affordable housing unit just to the south of existing apartments. “Landing Apartments” will feature studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units with daycare facilities on the ground level. Quantum Construction, which built other AFC housing units, will take the lead on this project as well. Funding for the project came from a wide variety of private and public sources, including funds from a taxpayer approved local tax. In addition to Johnson, program speakers included Mayor Laurie Gere, Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen and AFC Board President Leona Bratz, J.D.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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