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.
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, a development permit and are about to start building
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 35 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.
On March 2019 our development permit was approved. In August we had our Ground Breaking Ceremony - over 70 people turned up to join in the celebration as we start the next exciting phase of building our intentional community.
Meanwhile we continue the excitement by working together on designing the unit layouts, common amenity areas and our community agreements. Work is underway on moving a watermain and removing the buildings currently occupying our site so that excavation work for Ravens Crossing Cohousing can begin! We anticipate moving into our new homes in mid-2021
More about the project process
Over the course of the past year we have been busy working through the design, unit layout and unit sizes or our cohousing project. Our project manager (Cohousing Development Consulting) 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. Our current pro forma anticipates cost for a home and a share of the common amenities to be in the $400,000’s - $800,000’s range, depending on size (approximately 630 sq.ft.-1280 sq.ft.), location and desirability factors.
Note: This is not an offering for sale. Any such offering can only be made with the applicable disclosure statement and agreement of purchase and sale. As the developer Ravens Crossing Cohousing reserves the right to modify or change plans and specifications without notice.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A MEMBER OF RAVENS CROSSING COHOUSING WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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