by: Photo By Holly M. Gill - From left, with shovels, Todd Taylor of Taylor Northwest, Cameron Craig, project manager, Mayor Frank Morton, and George Neilson of the Bean Foundation break ground Oct. 3 for the 880-acre master-planned community on the east side of Madras. The groundbreakers are surrounded by city and Bean Foundation officials. Yarrow will feature a golf course and up to 2,000 new homes.

   Yarrow, a new 900-acre mixed-use community on the east side of Madras, held a groundbreaking event Oct. 3 at its future development site.
   City and county officials, representatives from community organizations, individuals from each of the Madras Land Development Company partners, Brooks Resources Corporation, Taylor Northwest and Eagle Crest, part of the Jeld-Wen family, and other stakeholders in the Yarrow project attended the ceremony.
   "For more than a year, we have been anticipating the day when we could begin to realize our vision of a community of vibrant neighborhoods to complement Madras," said Cameron Craig, project manager for Yarrow. "Until now, we have been in the long process of planning. Today we begin to build."
   Speakers from MLDC and the city expressed excitement about reaching this step in the development process, and gratitude to all of the partners that had helped bring Yarrow to this point.
   Using four gold shovels provided by the Madras Chamber of Commerce, Madras Mayor Frank Morton, Todd Taylor of MLDC, Yarrow project manager Cameron Craig and George Neilson of the Bean Foundation performed the ceremonial groundbreaking.
   The new community of Yarrow, situated on 880 acres just south of the Jefferson County Middle School and east of City View, will be a vibrant collection of neighborhoods incorporating neotraditional design principles. Madras Land Development Company -- a joint venture of Brooks Resources, Eagle Crest and Taylor Northwest -- is developing the property.
   Plans for the community include a variety of housing sizes and types, mixed-use area with retail amenities, pedestrian friendly streets and walkways, and a public golf course.
   At completion, the project will have approximately 1,500 to 2,000 single-family homes, and 100 to 200 multi-family units. To find out more, call 475-7966 or visit
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