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Density at Lake Salish

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

December 29th 2004

The Lodges at Lake Salish, designed by Portland's Myhre Group Architects, recently became the first project in the Fairview/Gresham area to be granted an increase in unit density without a variance. Fairview/Gresham is a fast growing area just east of Portland.

The design called for the use of high quality exterior materials, increased building articulation and a significantly enhanced site. The density bonus was approved with the idea that, by allowing more units to be built, money could be allocated into improvement of the site and into the enhancement of the exterior architectural design of the buildings.

The developer, Oregon Pacific Capital Management Corp., was allowed to build an additional 25 units, bringing the total units to 203.

The most significant feature of the project is the design of the lakeshore, which was developed into a community wetlands park. The park's amenities include an enhanced riparian buffer, improved landscaping, a public pedestrian trail system, multiple fishing nodes, interpretive signage and picnic areas. The project consists of 18 buildings each featuring views of Mount Hood and the adjacent Lake Salish and northern wetlands. Earth tone facades, metal accent roofing and a combination of horizontal lap and rough sawn board and baton siding add to an environment of "resort living" within a traditional community.