IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
In early 2016 Tracy organized a community talk at the Saanich Fairground and over 50 people showed up to hear Dr. Margaret Critchlow introduce “Cohousing on the Saanich Peninsula” and voila, the project was launched. A small group formed, and we visited other cohousing communities, held information sessions and meetings, took walks and workshops together.
People stepped up and stepped back, as is the way in cohousing. Early members sharpened the vision for the cohousing project and as more information sessions were held more people became interested.
Change of name
At the end of 2017 we changed our name to Ravens Crossing Cohousing. Ravens are industrious, smart birds you find all around the Peninsula. In Coast Salish stories they are portrayed as both clever and mischievous - and we liked that! Even our old logo liked that, as it easily transformed from wave to bird.
Success - We have a site!
On 29 June 2018, Ravens Crossing Cohousing became the proud owners of a site for their multi-generational, intentional community housing development in Sidney, B.C. Nestled between Resthaven Drive, Brethour and 7th Street, the 26,000 sq. ft planned neighbourhood of 34 homes is a 5-minute walk to the ample amenities Sidney offers, a 10-minute walk to the ocean front, close to transit and green spaces, and a skip and a jump from Sidney Elementary School.
We are lucky to have tenants in the existing buildings on the site who will continue to live there until construction starts. If any are interested in viewing the site, Ravens Crossing Cohousing asks that visitors respect the tenants privacy.
Progress to date
Over the course of the past few months we have been busy working through the design, unit layout and unit size. Our cohousing project manager maintains a pro forma, updated monthly, on behalf of the members who make all the decisions.
At this stage, the project costs and designs are a rough estimate - an "order of magnitude" as we are early in the process. The project will be built at cost, without a developer's profit. Costs and designs become more accurate as the project moves forward. The current pro forma anticipates an average cost for a home and a share of the common amenities to be in the low $600,000’s including GST. Some units will cost more and some less depending on size, location and desirability factors. And all will benefit from the great location, extensive common amenities, etc
On 10 December 2018 we submitted a development permit including the architectural and landscape plans to the Town of Sidney. This was reviewed by the Town Council and consultations were held with neighbours. There has been a warm reception to our development and in March 2019 the development permit was approved. Next stage is getting our a building permit to start construction - hopefully in the late summer of 2019. Meanwhile we continue the excitement by working together on designing the unit layouts and common amenity areas. We anticipate that we’ll be moving into our new homes by the winter of 2020 or early 2021.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A MEMBER OF RAVENS CROSSING COHOUSING WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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