Q. What did you love about growing up in Portland?
The vibrancy of Portland neighborhoods with the unique combination of urban and natural amenities. The neighborhoods were filled with a variety of people who understood the values of being able to live, work, and play in a community. I think that value is still very much alive in Portland and view the development in Stroudwater as an opportunity to advance and enhance these values in Portland.
Q. What do you hope Stroudwater Preserve will bring the Portland housing market?
We see this project as an opportunity for a fresh approach to how the city approaches the variety of housing needs Portland residents face. We want to create something that is vibrant, inclusive and attainable. It aims to strike a balance between the built environment and that natural amenities that have long been part of Portland’s make-up.
Q. What are a few of the most important things that you feel are different about this project when compared to a more traditional housing project?
We are approaching the project from the stand point of what is the minimum amount of impact required to create the maximum amount of benefit to local and city residents, the economy, and the environment.
It is an attempt to reverse the trends of sprawl (especially within a city) by clustering homes on modest lots to give the entire neighborhood a bigger backyard. The amount of shared yard space proposed for Stroudwater Preserve is about twice the size of the Canco Woods area and about half the size of Payson Park. It also will have direct connection to the Fore River Sanctuary Trail with its 7 miles of trails and with any luck a connection to the Stroudwater Trail across the river.
Q. Is Stroudwater Preserve a place you could consider living yourself if you were a family just starting out?
Yes. It is not just a place for families starting out. It is intended to be attractive to anybody interesting in being part of a dynamic, diverse, inclusive community. It is part of our vision to find the balance between personal privacy and community. We envision that the neighborhood will be attractive to a diverse group of people.