Residential community Wilder puts down roots in Newport

Wilder, a residential development growing up near the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, is set to grow into an eco-friendly neighborhood with eight homes built, four more in progress and plans for a commercial center and up to 110 apartment units to get started over the next year.

Portland-based development company Landwaves Inc., the group behind the distinctive green “Cyrk” building in Southeast Portland, was prompted to start development of Wilder in 2005 when plans to expand the Oregon Coast Community College led city leaders on a hunt for land. Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery of Landwaves owned 1,800 acres of sustainably managed timberland south of Newport’s bridge. Twenty five acres of that land was sold to the college for development and just over 200 acres was set aside for Wilder.

“Creating community is what it’s about for us,” Serkin said. Some of the first features added to the neighborhood were a park and dog park.

Inspired by other “green” neighborhood developments including Salem’s Pringle Creek, Landwaves set out to build homes that would be both sustainable and affordable to Newport’s working class. All eight of the completed homes are Earth Advantage certified.

Landwaves contracted with builders to put up the homes, but installed the infrastructure including porous pavement, bioswales, energy efficient street lights, rain gardens and planning for pedestrian and bike access.

Click on the image to see features of the neighborhood as well as get a peek at Landwaves’ home, the Cyrk building.

Original post by Christina Williams on Sustainable Business Oregon