June 19, 2014

Healthy homes - Get 'em while they're hot

Buyers are lining up for Grow Community's next neighborhood - and the homes are going fast!
Our second neighborhood, the Grove, is now 40 percent reserved. All four single-family homes are spoken for, and we have just one townhome left in the Elan building.

Sales continue for single-level units in the Salal, Juniper and Tsuga buildings, and we're taking backup reservations for units that have already drawn commitments.

Come find out more about Grow Community Phase 2, the Grove, at our sales office, 180 Olympic Drive SE, right next to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. The office is open noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.



Construction update: We DIG the dirt!

Whether you're planting a garden or a new foundation, you have to dig in the dirt!

With Grow Community phase 2 site work underway, excavators and earth movers are rolling to and fro to prepare the foundations for the Salal and Juniper. Dirt is being stockpiled on the south half of the property, soil that will come into play as backfill once the parking garage foundations and lid are completed.

Concrete work will begin even as excavation for the rest of the garage continues. It may be hard to see all this underground work from the street, but the garage structure will soon be visible, poking up out of the ground in the coming weeks and months.

Trees removed during the site work are moving on to their next purpose. Root balls have been saved for use in salmon habitat development in spawning streams, while some of the trees themselves will be refined into custom furniture by an island craftsman.

Upcoming events

Have a drink (or just an hors d'oeuvre) on us:
Grow Community and our realty partner Redfin invite you to an informational event on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6-7:30pm at Redfin HQ in downtown Seattle.

Is island living right for you? What are One Planet and net-zero living? What are Grow's available home types (hint: single family, condos and townhomes)? How does the presale purchase process work? Find out all this and more at the Living Green on Bainbridge Island soiree. Free bites and beverages will be provided!

Register for this exciting evening here.

Greg Lotakis is our net-zero hero: Grow Community project manager Greg Lotakis is a featured speaker at "Net Zero Innovations," an upcoming workshop sponsored by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. Greg will be one of three presenters discussing the how-to's of affordably constructing and retrofitting zero-energy buildings toward reducing our carbon footprint. The event runs 7-9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle. 

Click here for more details and to RSVP

You can even eat the bushes  

Edibles at Grow Community's first neighborhood, the Village, sprouted up just in time for Local and Sustainable Food month, even amongst the native landscaping. On one footpath, tomatoes grow side by side with fronded ferns. "Only in the Northwest, huh?" says Ron Kaplan, one of our first wave of resident gardeners.

Read a fun report on Grow Community's shared gardens and edible landscaping right here.

A quiet ceremony to honor our trees

Every tree serves a purpose. At Grow Community, we maintain a delicate balance between sculpting a site so anyone can be comfortable moving within it, to creating appropriate density, to allowing for solar production.

As we began to remove trees for our next two neighborhoods, the Grove and the Park, we took a moment to give thanks for all that our trees have been, what they will be, and how they have provided for all of us.

Read about our Community Tree Honoring Ceremony here.


Joie Olsen
Director of Sales & Leasing



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