As we build the Grow Community we will be chronicling our progress. This is the place for updates!

How far we have grown.

With just three buildings to go, and construction paused for the winter, let’s pause ourselves to appreciate how far Grow Community has come.

This photo puts it all in perspective – three distinctive neighborhoods, tasteful, energy-efficient homes clustered around shared green spaces, a new community center, and row upon row (upon row!) of solar panels, soaking up the sun to help power Washington’s largest planned solar community.

What a great community to be a part of! And what a great vantage to take it all in.

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hughes

Grow settling in for winter hibernation – An October Construction & Sales Update

We have reached an important milestone in our project. After six years, we have reduced our site work to a single building pad at the south end of the Park neighborhood, having reshaped eight acres of what is now Grow Community. We continue to see more solar go up, garden beds filled, and have enjoyed seeing new neighbors join our community and make long-lasting friendships.

Now that the Lilac and Sage are done, and the Community Center is nearing completion, we plan to pause construction for the winter. This will include additional landscaping, ramps/walks to connect our path through the entire project, and stabilization of the area that will become the Trillium and Meadow Homes.

This winter “quiet time” will allow new residents to move in, let the site be still for several months – and we’ll be ready and rested to begin final completion of work in spring 2018.

October Construction update

As we wind down work for the year, our teams are checking off minor “punch list” items throughout the Park neighborhood. All tasks in occupied and for-sale units should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Site grading is essentially complete, with stairs and ramps now shaped in the southeast corner of the grounds and concrete work set for next week. Landscaping in that area will follow – we are on schedule to beat the rain and tidy up the site for winter.

The big news is the imminent opening of our new Community Center – and does it look great! The 17-panel solar array went up on the center’s bike shelter this week, great news for sustainable use. We have a few minor items left to install, from drinking fountains to appliances, barn doors and some trim. We’ve applied to the city for building occupancy, and hope to have approval in the next few weeks.

Then we hope to see you all at the center for our annual Harvest Fest, Oct. 21!

And we still have room for you!

Grow Community still has great opportunities for buyers, starting with the Tsuga building – three units are still available, all 2-bedroom homes.

In the Lilac townhomes, 2- and 3-bedroom homes each with a generous 300-sf of private outdoor space are available. These are the only 3-bedroom units left at Grow and offer 1,600-sf of comfortable, environmentally friendly living.

Finally, we have view units available on the third floor of the Sage. Enjoy peek-a-boo views of Eagle Harbor and the Olympics. These 2-bedroom homes include large masters and generous closet space.

Contact our sales team a get a personal tour today!

New solar array powers community center

Grow Community boosted its standing as Washington state’s largest planned solar community this week with another new photovoltaic array – this time, for the new community center.

A 17-module, 5.1-kilowatt array went up atop the bike shelter behind the community building, centerpiece of the Park neighborhood.

The south-facing array takes advantage of excellent solar exposure through the day, turning the bike shelter roof into productive solar garden to help power activities at the community center.

The system also supports the local solar industry, using certified Made In Washington solar panels by iTek Energy of Bellingham.

Installation is by A&R Solar of Seattle, who’ve completed many of the residential arrays found throughout Grow’s three solar-powered neighborhoods.

Grow Community Earns Built Green Project of the Year

And the plaudits keep rolling in: Grow Community earned the Built Green Project of the Year award at the annual Built Green Conference in Seattle recently.

The prestigious award honors excellence in environmentally friendly residential construction in the Puget Sound region, as judged by peers in the construction industry.

“The award was unexpected, and we are deeply honored to earn it considering the unbelievable work our peers have accomplished in 2017,” says Greg Lotakis, Grow’s project manager. “Builders across our region are really pushing the envelope for sustainability, using the Built Green standards as their benchmark to serve both homebuyers and the long-term interests of the planet.”

The Grow team thanked the Built Green program, the Grow design and construction teams, and our residents – all of whom have believed in possibility and made Grow Community a reality.

The Built Green program is sponsored by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, in partnership with other Washington agencies to set standards of excellence that make a significant impact on housing, health and the environment and are readily “do-able” today.

For more information on the program see www.builtgreen.net.

Sage advice — come to the Park and see the Lilacs. A Construction & Sales Update – August 2017

A warm summer has brought the Park neighborhood to life, resplendent with its first round of trees, grasses, pea patches and plantings.

Centerpiece is the new Community Center, where the planter beds have already been filled by enthusiastic neighbors looking forward to future harvests. The center’s solar canopy is now in place, with system installation set for October once the roofing is done. Inside the center final painting is underway, and the building should be completed by mid-September. Watch for upcoming events here as we start to bring the community together around the use of this great new facility.

Nearby the Sage building is wrapping up nicely with some new residents already moved in, and more new neighbors arriving over the next several months. New neighbors in the Lilac townhomes will follow.

Toward the south end of the project, grading and other construction activity will begin in September. We’ll be focusing on path work and prep for Grow’s final buildings, the Trillium and Meadow Homes. There’s no timetable yet for building construction, but we should have an update in the coming weeks.

The Grove neighborhood has settled in, with just four 2-bedroom homes still available.

The Lilac townhomes now have six homes ready and waiting — three 3-bedrooms (the last 3-bedroom homes left in all of Grow Community) and three 2-bedroom units as well.

All homes in the Sage condominiums will be completed by September, meaning more purchase opportunities are about to come online. Nine 2-bedroom units are available, including third-floor with spectacular views. This is your last chance to live in a single-level home in Grow Community! Contact the sales office today for a personal tour.

Nearing Full Flower. A Construction Update – July 2017

Summer is finally upon us, and it’s exciting to see our landscaping really taking off with the turn of another season. Grow Community is lush and green!

Our built environment too is nearing full flower. While we’ve wrapped up the Grove (with just a few units remaining), we are pushing toward completion of the Sage building in the new Park neighborhood.

The Sage will see its first residents moving in the latter half of July, with building completion in August. The exterior work is nearly done and all interior work is well into the last details. Landscaping comes right on the heels of exterior work and we hope to see all sides of The Park getting buttoned up.

The Lilac Townhomes have residents now moving in, and we are excited to see the community filling up in our final phase.

Our new neighborhood hub, the Community Center, is also taking shape with roofing nearly complete, siding soon, and interior work underway over the next week. Even the new planter beds are in place and nearly ready to let people get their plantings going! You’ll see the final site/landscaping work and solar canopy over the next several weeks.

Celebrate with us as we host a “soft opening” for the Community Center, with all-day events on Thursday, July 20. We’ll host a lunchtime BBQ for the construction team, have the building open for those who wish to swing by, and host an evening event celebrating the history of the Grow site and how it will be honored within the center. We truly look forward to sharing our history with the Bainbridge Community.

May 2017 Construction & Sales Update

That’s a wrap! With the singular “tall-skinny” unit in the Tsuga now complete, Grow Community transitions away from the Grove neighborhood and into our final phase. But if you’ve not seen that unit – a unique three-story layout, with a spacious outdoor deck on every level, a loft area for a home theater or den, and a private elevator to every level  –  stop in and see what make it so distinct.

Meanwhile, at the Park: The Lilac townhomes have earned occupancy certificates from the City of Bainbridge, with touch up work just wrapping up.  Our first owners will be in by the end of this month –   more amazing people joining Grow, whose homes all front the Park’s signature greenway.

The Sage condominium homes are on pace for completion from early July to early August. Interior work is underway, while exterior siding will be wrapped up by early June.

The Community Center will be taking shape through June with completion of the roof, windows, exterior siding and interior fixtures. We hope to host an event in the building in mid-June as a “soft opening” of the space, and transition control of the building to the homeowner association later this summer.

Landscaping and grounds items are also taking shape in the Park, and a little sun goes a long way. Watch the carpet of green roll its way south toward the Shepard Way end of the project, with construction of our final buildings there soon to follow.

With all these great units coming online, we’re still missing one thing: You. Six beautiful condos are now move-in ready in the Tsuga and Salal, and five townhomes including two spacious 3-bedroom units.

Not ready to buy? Experience Grow Community living in a 2- or 3-bedroom rental unit, now open in the Juniper.
Contact our sales office and see these outstanding units today, and join our community for healthy, happy living.

April 2017 Construction Update

Spring has sprung at Grow Community, and our second and third neighborhoods are bursting forth.

First, at the Grove: Our last unit (D103) in the Tsuga is a very cool home, is now on the market, and move-in ready. With only five homes left in this building, the time to visit is now! Outside we’re doing some landscaping touchup and tree replacement – after one of our more memorable (read: cold and wet) winters, our plants are taking a bit more time to bud, but they’ll get there soon.

Next door at the Park: The Lilac Townhomes are in the finishing stage with prep for move-in now underway. All major work items are complete, with only cosmetic work left before the final clean. We’ve filed with the City of Bainbridge Island for occupancy, and we should see our first residents here by May!

The Sage remains on schedule for a summer completion. Elevator work, drywall and exterior siding are in process, while finish work on the inside (including cabinets) is expected to begin at the end of April. Landscaping throughout the Park will continue through summer.

Linking them all is the Community Center, where framing should be completed this month; roofing and windows will follow soon. You’ll see more activity around the center with the addition of new walks, planters and landscaping. We hope to host an event in this great new space (even during construction) to celebrate its importance as a new hub for our community – watch for an announcement in May!

Seasons Turn – March 2017 Construction Update

The turn of seasons brings splendid new growth at Grow Community — Lilac townhomes are coming online, the first homes to be completed in our new Park neighborhood. Finish work is now underway inside the units, including counters and fixtures, while exterior details should be wrapped up over the next couple of weeks. Landscaping will follow, to the same lush standard of native greenery found throughout Grow’s first two neighborhoods.

Work continues on the Sage building, while the Community Center should begin to spring up from its concrete pad in the coming weeks.

Winter marches on, so too the final touches on Grow Community phase 2, the Grove

Finishing crews are now wrapping up the Tsuga’s “tall skinny” unit with its unique three-floor layout, while two recent sales elsewhere in the building mean we’ll be welcoming some more new residents to the community soon.

Meanwhile in the final phase of Grow, the Park:

The Lilac townhomes are coming along apace, with the completion date and move-ins beginning this spring. These fine 2 and 3-bedroom townhomes are now for sale.

Just across the grounds, work on the Sage is in full swing, with the roof nearing completion and finish crews going to town inside.

Permitting for the Trillium and Meadow Homes at the south end of the Park is still in process, but we are already prepping for work by removing excess dirt from the site. Progress on the Community Center (currently an expansive concrete slab) will resume once the framing crew is available.

And out in the Park grounds, site paths and concrete work continue as we begin knitting together “greater Grow”– the Village and Grove neighborhoods will soon be linked with the front of the Lilac by convenient pedestrian paths.

With the dark days of winter still upon us, can spring be far behind?

No! And that means you’ll soon see more landscaping work in both neighborhoods, as we do a final tidy-up of the Grove and work our way through the Park toward Shepard Way.