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Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been another bounteous year at Grow Community, four vibrant seasons of progress and positive change.

Our pace-setting solar program earned recognition in the national press, as we used a clever combination of tax credits, incentives and pricing to put energy-producing arrays on three different flavors of multifamily homes in the Grove neighborhood – condominiums, townhomes and apartments. Washington’s largest planned-solar community – that’s us! – continues to set an example for renewable energy development nationwide.

Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey with pumpkins and sunflowers on wooden table

Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey with pumpkins and sunflowers on wooden table

French television featured Grow Community on its globe-trotting Echo-Logis program, highlighting the greenest, most forward-thinking communities around the world. Even if you don’t speak French, you can still enjoy the half-hour program and the stunning videography of our neighborhoods and our island.

Thinking globally and acting locally, we donated cedar construction waste to local grade school students to fashion “Mason Bee House Kits” for island bees. It was Grow Community’s latest contribution to the Pollinator Improvement Plan, an island-wide effort to bolster living and foraging space for bees, birds and other pollinators that are the linchpins of a healthy ecosystem.

And we welcomed many new neighbors, as the Salal and Juniper buildings, the Elan townhomes and Woodland homes were wrapped up and presented to eager buyers. Greetings!

As we pause together for a day of gratitude, we’re grateful for the wealth of enthusiasm, support and neighborliness we get from each of you throughout the year. At this special time, we are pleased to say:

Thanks-Growing!

Construction Update: As Thanksgiving Approaches…

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With Thanksgiving almost here, we’re grateful for great new neighbors in the Grove and great progress throughout the Grow Community project. All Woodland Homes are now complete and residents moved in, with only small punch-list items left to do. … [Continue reading]

Built Green gives Grow 5 Stars

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Weather-tight outside, snug and warm within. Built Green gives Grow Community phase 2, the Grove, a prestigious 5 Star rating in its new online feature. Built Green cites Grow homes’ excellent standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, … [Continue reading]

Autumn sunshine, robust pumpkins and fresh-pressed apple cider

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The Grow Community Harvest Fest was great fun for residents on a recent October weekend. As kids carved their Halloween jack-o-lanterns, adults took turns peeling fresh Washington apples and running them through an old-fashioned press to yield many … [Continue reading]

Learn from leading thinkers and innovators in the ecobuilding community

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Passionate about sustainable building? Consider attending the Northwest Green Conference Saturday, Nov 5th. This is an annual one day conference focused on educational sessions, inspiring keynotes, and networking with wonderful people. The … [Continue reading]

A 5 Minute Lifestyle

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Everything your family needs for a healthy, happy lifestyle is within easy distance of Grow Community. Local merchants and grocers, the library, fine cafes and coffee shops, theaters and museums, parks, health clinics and schools ... you can reach it … [Continue reading]

Tread lightly on the earth, live healthy at Grow Community

When we set out to design the most sustainable, future-friendly community possible, we knew we were building more than homes. We were creating a whole new way of living, and a model for the world. We started with the principles of One Planet … [Continue reading]

Construction Update: Autumn settles in, Grow construction strides on

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Leaves are turning in the Grove as our second neighborhood settles into autumn, with completion due before the darker months descend. The Tsuga multifamily building pushes forward at a steady pace with completion of half the units by end of … [Continue reading]

Summer draws us to the Park

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You can't say Grow without Community - and our next phase, the Park, puts an exclamation point on it! Our planned Community Center (to be constructed at the north end of the Park) is now under review by the city, and we're counting on input from … [Continue reading]

Three flavors of multifamily solar at Grow Community

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Condos, apartments, townhomes - three flavors of multifamily construction, each with its own challenges for reaping the power, and financial benefits, of solar investment. Asani development company is tackling all three at once at Grow … [Continue reading]