August 20, 2005 | Page One | By Michael Rose
The project's original developers will require that sustainable aspect be kept
The Salem group pushing to turn the former Fairview Training Center into a model for sustainable development is poised to let someone else take the lead. Sustainable Fairview Associates, which won the right to redevelop the property in 2002, is negotiating with a developer interested in taking over the project, company officials said.
Sustainable Fairview currently controls about 240 acres at the site, which served for almost 100 years as a state institution for developmentally disabled residents. The company, ...
May 5, 2005 | Opinion Section | By Editorial Staff
The closer the old Fairview property gets to being redeveloped, the more Salem, and perhaps the nation, will be watching.
The owners, Sustainable Fairview Associates, envision a 275-acre community of apartments, condos, homes, businesses and public spaces, all built on environmentally friendly principles. The first stage of 190 homes includes a neighborhood of "net-zero" homes that will generate more energy than they use. Most lots will be small, but there will be plenty of open space with paths to encourage residents to walk and bike to shops, services and ...
April 24, 2005 | Page One | By Dennis Thompson
After years of work, the developers of Fairview have gained approval for a master plan showing how they will use the 275-acre property. Construction of the first phase, 32 north acres called the Pringle Creek Community, is expected to begin by early next year.
A neighborhood of "Net-Zero" homes will be one of Fairview's first phases. The solar-powered homes are designed to create more energy than they use on a yearly basis. Single-family and coach homes will be within walking distance of small retail shops. Pringle Creek will be ...
April 22, 2005 | Business Section | By Toby Mantheny
Architect's environmentally conscious work earns recognition.
Nathan Good remembers a time when his projects included a $20 million, 36,000 square-foot bachelor pad in Boulder, Colo.
Good, a Salem architect who pursued undergraduate architecture studies in California during the 1970s energy crisis as well as in energy-conscious Denmark, found the wasteful use of space a cultural shock.
"We did a lot of energy-efficient things in that home, but there was something fairly absurd about it," he said.
Good's current focus promises to be truly green: consulting on or designing small, energy-efficient homes, even for ...
February 16, 2004 | Opinion Section | By Editorial Staff
The development project could be a test lab for handling growth.
SALEM, Ore. – Salem residents are used to thinking of economic development in terms about employers and jobs coming to town. But that long-empty site of the old Fairview institution? Not the first thing that comes to mind.
That could be changing now that a local investors' group is preparing to develop the rolling 275-acre site. They have sold 32 acres to a Salem group who plan to build a community single-family dwellings, cottages, rowhouses and mixed-use structures. Meanwhile, a ...