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Dreaming of a Street of Dreams in Lake Oswego

The NW Natural Street of Dreams returns to Lake Oswego next year.

Organizers at the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland finalized plans to bring the Street of Dreams back to Lake Oswego for next August's show. The show will feature the Bella Terra site off Stafford Road, developed by Eslinger Homes.

The event will run Aug. 1 to 30, 2009. The site is located near the Stafford Road exit off I-205. Three homes are confirmed for the show so far, and organizers anticipate up to six homes are possible. There also are plans to include some off-site show home opportunities for attendees.

In 2002, the show was also in Lake Oswego, with homes in Atherton Heights off of Stafford Road.

Show producers said attendees can expect to see homes scaled-back in size and price compared to recent Street of Dreams years. However, the homes will still feature luxury-class construction and design, filled with some of the latest ideas in home technology and finishes. All homes will be Earth Advantage Certified.

Organizers are moving early to implement some new features and facets to make the 2009 show an interesting experience that reflects the Portland area's leading national status as a hub of sustainability.

'When the Home Builders Association originally conceived the street in the 1970s, there were folks who said it would never work,' said HBA member Roger LeClair, who serves as chair of the 2009 Street of Dreams Committee. 'It not only worked, but was such a revolutionary new way to celebrate the finest in home-building ideas that it became an international model, replicated in more than 450 metros around North America.

'Our shift to focus on sustainable, high-performance building is a natural transition. It's a needed move for a show that has set the bar since its inception, and we believe Port-land is going to love what's in store for next year.'

HBAMP also plans to look at other aspects of the show to incorporate far more sustainable and environmentally responsible practices in all areas of operations. Ideas include improving construction waste management for show homes, increasing recycling and composting for waste and food products during the show and local sourcing of more show materials.