Alan Joseph Green of The Green Company, the developer of Great Harbors, FalmouthPort, Treetops, and the Boatyard condominiums in town among many other projects on Cape Cod and elsewhere, has died. Mr. Green, 93, died December 25.
He was the husband of Elizabeth (Shaim) Green, with whom he shared 67 years. They lived in Newton and also in Falmouth, after purchasing a home on Spinnaker Lane in 1983; they previously had a home at Great Harbors since 1966.
The youngest child of Marion (Wolper) Green and Isadore Green, he was born in Brookline and raised in Newton. After finishing his studies at Browne and Nichols preparatory school, he furthered his education at Harvard College and graduated from Harvard School of Business Administration with a degree in economics. He joined the family real estate business and soon formed his own company, based in Wellesley.
Mr. Green owned The Green Company, which locally had its headquarters at the corner of John Parker Road and East Falmouth Highway.
Great Harbors, off the west side of Acapesket Road in East Falmouth, was his first development in town and his second project on Cape Cod.
He became interested in pursuing his work on the Cape in the mid-1960s because he was attracted by the potential of the recreational aspects here coupled with the relatively close proximity to Boston; he recognized a need for both year-round and vacation housing. Great Harbors was planned as a community of about 350 second homes with that in mind.
His first Falmouth venture in condominiums was FalmouthPort in Teaticket—across Great Pond from Great Harbors—and he later built The Boatyard complex along Falmouth Inner Harbor. Treetops on Woods Hole Road was another of his condominium developments.
Mr. Green had a strong interest in conservation and took care to integrate landscape design with quality construction of homes and residential communities to enhance the natural habitat found at each site. In a 1980 article in The Falmouth Enterprise, he said he did not think he fit the image of the “typical developer.” He said he did not know of any other developer “more sensitive to environmental concerns.” In a previous interview, in 1977, he said, “When the environmentalist tells you what you can’t do, it often points the way to what you can, or might, do.”
Commenting about a design award his company had received in 1981 from the American Wood Council, Mr. Green referred to the extensive use of wood in the Falmouth communities, and said that the “wonderful warmth to wood is not easily duplicated by other materials.”
He loved his work and found particular satisfaction in creating neighborhoods where people could live together with “a sense of place, a sense of belonging, a sense of community,” and a structure “of which they could be proud.”
In a 1983 interview with the Enterprise, Mr. Green said his policy was the same as his father’s: to take responsibility from beginning to end, from development to building to landscaping and selling. Included in his company team were environmentalist, land planner, architect, traffic and sewerage experts, he said.
The efforts made by his team resulted in recognition and numerous awards from national professional organizations citing the company’s architectural detail, design, landscaping, concrete masonry, sensible growth and planning, and overall business excellence of its planned communities. In 1979 FalmouthPort and Treetops were selected as grand awardees by National Association of Home Builders and Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and in 1984 The Boatyard received a builder’s choice grand award for overall development-builder.
The Falmouth Council for Civic Beautification presented The Green Company with a “1980 Beautification Grand Award” “as a token of [the council’s] appreciation for the development of an area, taking into consideration the environment as well as the ‘eye appeal.’ ”
Mr. Green was a member of the conservation commission in Newton and, in Falmouth, he donated a 10.5-acre parcel bounded by Woods Hole, Ransom, and Evangeline roads to the town in 1982. The property, which included Duck Pond, was a habitat for wildlife and Mr. Green had hopes there would eventually be a linking of trails in the parcel with adjacent conservation land and a conservation restriction.
He stayed physically active in his younger years with tennis, skiing and softball games at Great Harbors on summer Sunday mornings. He and his wife were members of Woods Hole Golf Club.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three children, Anthony D., Lisa and Daniel Green, and nine grandchildren; his sister Shirley Marvin; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by two siblings, Phyllis Kurson and Milton Green.
A memorial service was Sunday, December 29, at Levine Chapels in Brookline.