The SPUR Concept Solution Team is a collective group of entrepreneurs and industry experts with experience in a wide variety of areas. Our partner team has core experience in the real estate development and construction industry, governmental human resource program management, state-of-art growing technologies, renewable energy and controlled environmental agriculture (CEA) business solutions, structural insulated panel pre-fabrication, and research support services.
SPUR ELEMENTS OF REVITALIZATION— The SPUR Concept consists of diverse, yet equally important facets. Combined they provide opportunity and stability for the city’s community via food, housing, services and jobs with integrity for its residents.
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Investment in the SPUR concept generates a positive R.O.C.
- RETURN ON COMMUNITY
“Imagine a world where every town has its own local food source, grown in the safest way possible, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature’s grocery store—imagine the world of the vertical farm.” - The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century by Professor Dickson Despommier
The Services Element
The SPUR model allows for flexible floor plans in order to provide the necessary square footage for various local services.
Community development includes providing the necessary services that enrich the lives of the residents. Each location has its own specific needs that will help neighborhood rejuvenation, thus providing services such as medical care, vocational training, fresh food market, family service, retail shops or food services.
Sustainable Practical Urban Revitalization can only be realized through the purposeful integration of different operations to create a truly impactful solution to a variety of challenges. Opportunities to offer targeted services to the building residents as well as the surrounding neighborhood expands the socio-economic impact of the SPUR concept.
The Employment and Workforce Element
There are two parts to the operation of the vertical farming operation – facility employment and workforce training. The SPUR Project adds full-time well-paying jobs for the operation of the vertical farm as well as building maintenance and community related services employment opportunities.
Food production employees participate in ongoing training and support.
Entrepreneurial opportunities with worker ownership and vesting are key components in the employment program.
The Food Production Element
The integration of an indoor hydroponic vertical farming operation in combination with the residential housing element provides the building owner with a substantial income stream that can be utilized to offer additional benefits and services to the building residents and surrounding community.
Vertical farming is a food-growing concept wherein food is grown within buildings—often in the city—as an efficient means of land use and a way to get fresh food to local residents. Hydroponic growing technology is the preferred means of cost-effectively growing most fruits and vegetables indoors. A controlled micro-environment is created that effectively manages temperature and humidity elements associated with the production of crops without herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or metals. Hydroponics gives a plant exactly what it needs, when it needs it, in the amount that it needs, and the plant is as healthy as is genetically possible. These aspects of vertical farming have a positive impact on the carbon footprint related to the growing process compared to traditional agricultural techniques.
Through the inclusion of a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) solution, which includes the use of high-tech monitoring systems and energy efficient LED lighting and solar panels, indoor farming is utilized to supply the community with year-round local organic produce. Current cropland is not able to keep pace with the growing demand for this organic produce. Indoor technology will be needed to support rising consumer demand.
US Organic acreage is less than 1% of total cropland while sales are over 5%.
The Housing Element
Building healthy communities requires that we create a continuum of high quality, affordable housing options that support the social, economic and physical needs of all residents. Affordable housing has been shown to positively impact the health of entire communities and improve overall health equity. The SPUR housing concept is designed, built and staffed to support a specific resident base with variable unit sizes and access to related on-site services and amenities. Residential units can vary from individual studio to 2-story family sizes to accommodate the needs of at-risk groups including, but not limited to, the following:
The SPUR facility is created through the mixed-use strategy of utilizing the energy-efficient green construction to support the production and residential aspects of the structure and deliver unmatched utility savings for the residential component. An owner of a SPUR site will also benefit by being able to:
SPUR recognizes that we cannot have a thriving economy and society unless the communities served are healthy and sustainable. Our commitment is to improving the quality of life in the communities where the need is the greatest.