Sacramento Environmental Commission Environmental Leadership Award
The Sacramento Environmental Commission presented Fair Oaks EcoHousing with an award for outstanding environmental leadership. Our project was one of eight projects honored on April 16. The picture shows the award presenter Margie Namba and community members Marty, Michelle, and Alan.
We were inspired to see the range and quality of the projects. The other winners included a Girl Scout troop who created a community garden at St. Mary School, two solar projects, the American River Parkway Adopt a Mile program, the Sacramento River Parkway Bike Trail, CSUS sustainability, and Florin Creek Park enhancements.
The Commission recognizes residents, businesses, and organizations of Sacramento County and its
cities who demonstrate outstanding efforts to improve the environment and encourage others to
get involved. For more information about the program, visit
http://www.emd.saccounty.net/SEC/Pages/EnvironmentalAwards.aspx . They are looking for
nominees for next year, so if you know of a group deserving award, please contact them.
Construction Loan Signed on December 4
On December 4, 2017, members of Fair Oaks EcoHousing, Rachel & Katherine Bardis of Bardis Homes and a representative of Torrey Pines Bank signed the construction loan for our project at a local title company.
The signing of the construction loan starts the construction phase of our project.
ECOS Environmentalist of the Year
One of our founders, Marty Maskall, has been honored by The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) as a 2016 Environmentalist of the Year for her work to establish Fair Oaks EcoHousing.
ECOS has been hosting the Environmentalist of the Year awards since the early 1970’s. The awards ceremony celebrates and recognizes the past year’s regional champions and community sustainability successes.
ECOS Endorses Fair Oaks EcoHousing
The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) voted unanimously on July 18, 2016 to endorse Fair Oaks EcoHousing. According to Brandon Rose, ECOS Board President, “One of the key objectives of ECOS is to promote and reinforce Smart Growth principles. We are pleased to endorse Fair Oaks EcoHousing as an example of a sustainable infill project that will enhance the Fair Oaks Community.”
Fair Oaks EcoHousing, soon to be built on New York Avenue near Fair Oaks Boulevard, will be a cohousing community. Cohousing neighborhoods are composed of privately-owned homes clustered around shared open space and common facilities. A central clubhouse is the heart of the neighborhood for a variety of activities and typically includes a dining room, kitchen, lounge, workshop space, kids’ playroom and guest rooms. Cars are kept to the edge of the site, thus making the neighborhood pedestrian-friendly and safe for children. Future residents are involved in the design and development so that it reflects their needs and priorities, creating a truly custom neighborhood. Marty Maskall, Project Manager & Future Resident, says: “I’m looking forward to living in a friendly and sustainable neighborhood close to Fair Oaks Village.”
Groundbreaking Celebrated on November 3, 2017
On Friday, November 3, 2017, we gathered to break ground on the construction of our cohousing community—culminating more than 10 years of planning!
About 60 enthusiastic people attended the event at the construction site and a celebration afterward at nearby Smokey Oaks Tavern. Many people complimented the architect and Fair Oaks EcoHousing on the beautiful design of the community, which will be on 3.7 acres on New York Avenue near Fair Oaks Boulevard.
Future residents of Fair Oaks EcoHousing brought their shovels and actually broke the ground to kick off construction. Luckily, the forecasted rain held off!
Featured speakers included:
Katie McCamant, CoHousing Solutions, Development Consultant
Chuck Durrett, McCamant & Durrett, Project Architect
Katherine Bardis & Rachel Bardis, Bardis Homes, General Contractor
Susan Peters, Sacramento County Supervisor, District 3
Construction is expected to begin promptly. The anticipated move-in date is spring 2019.
Construction Started on December 11, 2017
Construction started at the beginning of December.