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BENEFICIAL AGREEMENT FOR COMMUNITY REACHED The Community Center at Lake Chelan Finalizes New Central Location   CHELAN, WA – BEN WILLIAMS-  

A central piece of property has been acquired for The Community Center at Lake Chelan thanks to a mutually beneficial, three-way agreement between the Lookout, Chelan Valley Housing Trust and the Seven Acres Foundation.

The new location of The Community Center at Lake Chelan is within walking distance of downtown Chelan and a short drive from the town of Manson. The property just off Highway 150 is situated below the Lookout housing development and adjacent to the current Chelan Cross Fit gym on Bighorn Avenue. “This highly accessible property is more central to both Chelan and Manson, with easier access to utilities and buildable flat acreage. It is perfect for this project!” said Seven Acres Foundation President, Ben Williams.

A two-acre portion of the land was previously earmarked as a donation from the Lookout to the Chelan Valley Housing Trust and will now be granted to the Seven Acres Foundation.  This, coupled with the purchase of additional acreage from the Lookout, will enable the Seven Acres Foundation to donate five acres of land to the Chelan Valley Housing Trust in a location more suitable for affordable home development.  Ken Friesen, Managing Partner at The Lookout is excited about the new development.  “We are thrilled to partner with both the Housing Trust and the Seven Acres Foundation.  Both organizations are working to help the community, and building community is what we are all about.  We love this community and love being a part of making it better every day,” said Friesen.

Each of the parties involved and more importantly, the community, is better off thanks to this extremely rare, successful three-way negotiation.  Ultimately, the Community Center will be in a great location that will better serve the community, while the Housing Trust will be in a better location with capacity for up to three times the number of housing units. “The Housing Trust is all about providing stable and secure affordable housing, and this land agreement enables us to do exactly that,” said Mike Cooney, Executive Director of the Chelan Housing Trust. “We are grateful to the Lookout ownership and for the kindness of the Seven Acres Foundation.  This best exemplifies how our community can work together for a win for our valley.”

The Community Center at Lake Chelan will include a 25-yard competition swimming pool thanks to the Rynd family, basketball and sport courts, an auditorium with stage, public meeting areas and offices, as well as outdoor sand volleyball and pickleball courts. Plans for the 25,000 square foot facility also include a commercial kitchen, multi-use rooms, indoor children’s play areas, and a space for affordable private events.

The Seven Acres Foundation is continuing fundraising efforts for The Community Center at Lake Chelan and expects to begin construction no later than Spring of 2021.  A series of events are planned for the coming months to continue educating the community and raising funds for The Community Center at Lake Chelan.

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