Our Story Thus far…
Since our first meeting in June 2015 we have
Demonstrated a sustained interest in making the Perth cohousing project happen by holding bi-weekly general meetings for our first two years and monthly meetings after that, with attendance as high as 24, but generally around 16 people.
Established Circles of responsibility (Committees) to undertake research and to carry out the many tasks involved in building both a community and the physical structure that will be our home.
Honed our skills in facilitating discussion in meetings, and in making decisions by consensus.
Through extensive discussion developed a Vision and Mission Statement which guides us in decision-making.
Developed a website, and designed, printed and distributed a very attractive brochure. Held an information evening for the public, and participated in radio interviews and presentations to various community groups and organizations.
Agreed that our community members will generally be 55 and over.
Early in the project we realized that the site chosen would indicate the number of possible units plus common spaces. In 2018 we planned 11 self-contained units as well as common space in an apartment-style building.
Surveyed participants regarding their space and amenity needs.
Investigated a number of properties, and realized the challenge of finding a large enough property within walking distance of downtown Perth.
Communicated with town officials, lawyers, architect, bank personnel, builders and consultants.
After researching several ownership options we agreed to adopt a condominium ownership structure.
Initiated a membership structure and process.
Enjoyed one another’s company and developed caring relationships which have already borne fruit when members have had unexpected challenges or needed a hand.
Found a suitable site, met extensively with builder who intended to assist with financing.
Participated with an architect in the design of an attractive, energy efficient building.
By October 2018, members had committed to purchase 9 of the 11 units.
Disappointments began in January 2019 when the builder withdrew support for financing, and ceased participating with the architect to revise drawings.
Subsequent contact with other builders has been discouraging. The indications are that as of July 2019 the cost of the building and necessary site work is unaffordable.
Some of the people who had committed to purchase units have reluctantly shifted their focus from a future cohousing building to how to sustain a genuinely engaged supportive community of people who live in their own homes.
And at the same time some members intend to continue the search for land or an existing building which can be developed for cohousing.
In short, the group has had setbacks, but is resilient!