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Napa Creek Village to Present at Planning Commission March 19th

March 13, 2015

Napa Creek Village will have its first public hearing in front of the City of Napa’s Planning Commission on March 19th.  This is a big step forward for our project – it is our opportunity to show the public what we hope will be the greenest multi-family project in the United States! We have recently completed our newest renderings of the project – take a look!

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Main Gate featuring Community Garden and Electric Car Charging Station

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Photo-realistic view from First St.

Beth Farley and Lisa Batto are heading our Community Outreach team regarding the Napa Creek Village project and are hosting several community meetings to discuss it with locals and neighbors.  If you have any questions about when these meetings are occurring, please email

We are scheduled to break ground in July 2015.

Project Update Report

June 30, 2014

The 48-unit Napa Creek condo project has now been through the informal review process with the City of Napa. We successfully completed the planning / negotiations with a) the Fire Dept; b) Public Works; c) Fish and Game; and d) Planning. The end of next week we will start the formal application period, which will include two scheduled public hearings. This phase typically takes +/- 4 to 5 months.

We successfully negotiated a purchase agreement on a 1.5 acre parcel in East Napa on which we plan to  design and build 7 Net-Zero Energy duplexes; single family homes with adjoining granny units above the garage. We are in a 60-day contingency period now, during which we will identify any major hurdles we must navigate.

A Tale of Living in a Thriving Community

June 24, 2014

Paco and Celia park their car under a solar-covered overhang and gather up their groceries and their daughter, Esperanza. They walk down the granite path to their new home in a Thriving Communities eco village. Once inside the gate, Esperanza sees her friend Mateo and breaks free of her mother’s grasp. Celia smiles, knowing that little Esperanza will be safe and happy playing in the inner courtyard of the complex with Mateo and the other children.  Read more…

Thriving Communities in the News

May 27, 2014

The word is getting out about Thriving Communities—see the article about “inspiring ideas” in Forbes Magazine’s  April 28 article by Devin Thorpe or the article by Casey Lauderdale, Communities by Design; Multiple Layers of Good, on the Social Venture Network website. More to come! 

Seven Key Green Building Trends Lead to Thriving Communities

May 27, 2014

Housing prices in Napa, California, are among the least affordable in the United States, according to a May 17, 2014, article in the Napa Valley Register. Thriving Communities has an answer: affordable, healthy, and environmentally friendly homes that build community and are ahead of the green building trends.

Read about seven of the key current green building trends, according to the Hanley Wood Sustainability Council in this article by Katie Weeks. Read more…

Bob Massaro at the Commonwealth Club June 12

May 27, 2014

Find out more about Thriving Communities and Healthy Buildings technology at the Commonwealth Club June 12 at 6pm. Bob Massaro will speak as part of a panel: Bay Area Housing Revolution: The Future of Green and Affordable People-Centered Community. Find out more at the Commonwealth Club website. Click here for Commonwealth Club talk tweets following the housing innovation panel.