Clear Creek Village - The Intent
Clear Creek Village is a Planned Unit Development, conceived by John Fields DBA Golden-Fields Construction and Design, Ltd. It is situated three blocks to the north of Downtown Ashland. The original buildings built in 1999 are located on the corner of 108 E Hersey and 496 Oak St are the landmark, It is the gateway to Clear Creek Drive that will eventually connect to the other end of Clear Creek Drive located at South Mountain near the railroad crossing. Completed construction includes about 60,000 sq./ft. of Mixed-use development. KSC Tibetan Buddhist Temple, medical offices (Delgado Family Practice, Ann Fielder and Geoff Houghton et al), general office use, Salon, wholesale distribution and manufacture design teams (Natura, Massif), There are 20 residential units mixed through out the development.
The next and last building of Phase I will provide 16,000 sq/ft of commercial on two floors and eight residential units above. There will be 22 auto parking spaces below grade.
The original design redeveloped a derelict parcel of abused wetland, used as pasture, The 1 ½ acres open space was a planned wetland mitigation project, that developed the ponds and redeveloped the protected areas. By preserving and enhancing the natural amenities of the site, Clear Creek has lush cattails and wetlands habitat. This invites wildlife into the urban uses and enhances the environment and contributes to the quality of life of the second floor dwellings. The wetland acts as a storm water detention system metering out the storm drainage flow following intense rainfall. Clear Creek is an urbanized stream that daylights onto the development.
Mixed-use development creates greater proximity between living and work opportunities. This encourages people to drive less. The proximity to the downtown, shopping amenities, professional services and public transportation makes it possible to eliminate automobile trips. Numerous sidewalks and a new bike path expand pedestrian and bicycle.
Higher development densities create a more environmentally friendly footprint. It requires less urban infrastructure for more intensive use. The scale of the residential and the attached nature of second floor uses creates a highly energy efficient design. We are making passive building designs that reduce the mechanical loads on all our buildings. Low toxicity and high life-cycle elements make the buildings both energy efficient but also create a fantastic residence and work environment.
Views are enhanced, architecture varied, by creating a village scale development. Winding streets and paths create a wonderfully human experience. When an observer comes around a corner and is greeted with something of visual interest, our creativity is piqued. This is why tradition town design gives a positive sense of well being. It makes feel like we belong and that we want to be part of the experience. The best building are yet to come.
Phase II is a two acre parcel on the South side of Clear Creek adjacent to the RR tracks. The possibilities are expansive.