Martha Rose is a local developer in the Shoreline Area. She has championed the "eco-village" concept in several of her recent projects. These projects feature many green building tactics and techniques including the "High Performance House" concept. Marthas previous project on Greenwood Ave N was featured in the Shoreline Sustainabilty Strategy Report.
Her latest project is the "Fish Singer Place" on Dayton Ave N. See her article below on LID techniques she's utilizing.
Her company is hosting a reception TODAY and Sat to showcase the projects during construction to demonstrate how they are made. It's a great opportunity to see this project and techniques as they are put into place.
Martha says "it's time to take it to the next level," join us for a special Behind the Walls Tour of Martha Rose's newest 5-Star Built Green Homes Fish Singer Place Wine & Cheese
Friday January 29, 2010 2pm-4pm Saturday January 30, 2010 12pm-4pm Address: 15715 Dayton Ave N. Shoreline Wa. 98133
Special Sneak Preview
The making of a High Performance House
Fish Singer Place Low Impact Development Strategies
Located just south of 160th on Dayton Ave N, a (4) lot eco-enclave is under construction. The Fish brothers would likely be very pleased that developer, Martha Rose, is employing many strategies on their old land to help clean up our waterways. Careful civil engineering allows all portions of the property to absorb, retain and purify storm water until it has a chance to sink into the ground and slowly wend its way to Puget Sound. Here are some of those highlights:
Several portions of this 35,000 square foot site are left undisturbed with 7 mature native trees and other smaller deciduous trees left intact. Wood chips from ground tree branches form a thick layer of mulch that create a natural forested condition that absorbs water like a sponge.
Sod is not planted, eliminating the need for lawn mowers, weed killers and artificial fertilizers. Areas suitable for vegetable gardening are enriched with slow release fertilizers such as manure compost, bone meal and wood chips to help create tilth. A similar strategy is used for landscaping plants to allow the native and drought tolerant species to thrive. These beds absorb water almost as well as our little forest.
Our hardscapes also function as water filtration devices. The pervious pavement road, installed over a thick bed of 2” crushed granite railroad ballast, is so efficient at purifying pollutants that it breaks down mercury and other heavy metals into 98% inert compounds. This rock basin that underlies the road is hospitable to microbes that “eat” the harmful substances, allowing cleaned water to be absorbed into the adjacent soil. Rain water on site that is not intercepted by a rain barrel or absorbed in garden beds ends up in this under-road natural treatment plant.
Vegetated roofs also play a role in storm water management. About 70% of the water that lands on a green roof stays there to either evaporate into the sky or to be released by transpiration over a longer time. Plants protect these long lasting roofs from harmful UV rays and also help to temper climate and add beauty to our buildings.
For an up-close look at all of these features, ask to sign up for our tour notices at info@MarthaRoseConstruction.com
These homes are available for sale. See www.FishSingerPlace.com Interested buyers, please ask for a personal tour.
• Douglass Squirrel sighted in Briarcrest by Chris Southwick Feb 2012
• Cottontail Rabbit sighted in Briarcrest Neighborhood Nov 1st. Did not look like a domestic "bunny!"
• Coyote spotted in Paramount Park Meadow, just sittin'. 3/11
• Varied Thrush sighted in Paramount Park Neighborhood 2 & 3/11
• Townsends Warbler photographed in Highland Terrace Neighborhood 1/11
• Blackheaded Grossbeak sighted near Paramount Park last Fall
• Great Blue Heron sighted at Hidden Lake in Boeing Creek basin
• Barred Owl sighted in Thornton Creek Park #1 near Jackson Park, 8/10
• White crowned sparrow identified in Highland Terrace/Aurora Square neighborhood
• Blackheaded Grossbeak sighting in Hillwood neighborhood
• Two Raptors sighted in Shoreline. Osprey and Merlin have been documented at Ronald Bog and Echo Lake respectively this summer (2010)
• Pacific Chorus Frog heard in Shoreline's Hillwood Neighborhood
• Three types of warblers identified in Briarcrest neighborhood in May and June
• Red Breasted Sapsucker Banded in Briarcrest Neighborhood of Shoreline
• 4/16 - Mating pair of Pileated Woodpecker seen yesterday in Paramount Park. They were utilizing some "snags" (dead trees) which were placed in the wetland restoration area with a KC Wildlife Habitat Grant in 2002. The Pileated Woodpecker is considered a "Priority Species" by WDFW. The pairs mate for life and make their nests in cavities they excavate in dead trees with their sharp beaks. They eat insects and grubs they find in the dead wood.
• Great Blue Heron seen today at Thornton Creek Par #6 eating two fish in five minutes. It's interesting to note that it took many years to get the City of Seattle to realize that there are fish living in Thornton Creek, only 2-3 blocks from Northgate. In the design of the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel at Northgate, fish passage was a non-negotiable issue. The Great Blue Heron is considered a Priority Species by WA State.
• River Otter Spotted at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden! The Garden does not have a river running through it, so we were startled to see what appeared to be a river otter (Lutra canadensis) passing through recently. River otters live in rivers, streams, and coastlines. With water repellant fur and webbed feet, these playful members of the weasel family are designed for swimming and catching fish, their main food. However, they often wander far from water in search of a mate or new living area, surprising the unsuspecting staff of botanic gardens. The Kruckeberg Garden is near the headwaters of Storm Creek.
• Wood Ducks seem to be happily proliferating at Thornton Creek Park Six near Northgate. With the help of stewards, beavers and other species, habitat is improving at this little "wild" urban paradise. Despite a jungle of invasives there is a wetland habitat (improved by beavers) that suits the Wood Ducks. Today, 13 were sighted in the branches of a fallen cottonwood. 13 Wood Ducks Today!
• Beaver families have been moving in and building habitat around our urban watersheds, especially into Thornton Creek. Here is a photo a "creative engineer" naturally utilizing the creek corridor at Thornton Creek Park #6, which is a wetland waiting for better "engineering".
• At least 40 bird species have been sighted at Paramount Park over the last 20 years and more. The Barred Owl is one visitor who is watching over us.
• 12 birds at Greenlake today including Western Grebe, Bufflehead, Great Blue Heron and Hooded and Red-breasted Merganser
Janet proudly served on Shoreline City Council, from 2005-2009 and is an outspoken, current environmental and preservation activist residing in Shoreline, WA. Over the past 20 years, she and many other partners have succeeded in many remarkable accomplishments for the environment and community. On the City Council, she helped spearhead many environmental achievements for Shoreline, giving Shoreline a "green city" profile. She is a founding member of Paramount Park Neighborhood Group, Thornton Creek Legal Defense Fund (which advocated for and succeeded in "daylighting" Thornton Creek at Northgate), South Woods Preservation Group, Lake Ballinger Forum, Sno-King Economic Gardening group and other efforts. She serves on the Advisory Board of Friends of Fircrest, and is a member of Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Solar Project.
Janet holds an Art degree from Moore College of Art, Phila, and runs an arts business for 30 yrs. She also is sales rep for Appel Farms dairy at Seattle Farmers Markets.
Janet and her wonderful, patient husband, Alan Worthington of 32 yrs have two grown sons, Travis and Spencer.