Salem site closes in on platinum designation
Pringle Creek building to get highest 'green' rating
By Beth Casper, Statesman Journal, October 29, 2009
Just try to find a draft or even a tiny air leak in the new community center at Pringle Creek Community.
Its walls are so thick, its ceiling so insulated and its heating so efficient that nary a wisp of energy will leave the building.
The so-called Painter's Hall is so "green" that it is on track to get the highest green-building rating by the U.S. Green Building Council: platinum.
It will be the first platinum commercial building in Salem, one of ...
July 31, 2006
A new “green” street system is underway
In June, after 18 months of coordinating with the City of Salem and site planning, the first steps were taken in making the Pringle Creek Community a reality.
Sustainable Development Inc, the main force behind this new community, is committed to creating a community of residential- and commercial-use buildings, gardens, parks and trails for walking and biking — all of which will be made out of environmentally friendly materials.
According to Lauren Meyers, assistant to the president of Sustainable Development Inc., Pringle Creek Community has created a buzz ...
August 22, 2005 | Page One | By Staff
A 32-acre portion of Fairview was bought by Sustainable Development Inc. (a company separate from Sustainable Fairview Associates) in late 2004. That company says it is preparing to build its proposed Pringle Creek Community, a project featuring a mix of single-family homes and townhouses in a high-density development, by May 2006. Pringle Creek's backers say they will follow the principals of sustainable development in a neighborhood featuring solar-powered homes, renovated buildings from the former Fairview days that will be open for community events and a restored Pringle Creek riparian area.
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 ...