Spokane, Washington, United States
- Last updated: August 2, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: July 7, 2017
Our mission is to create the first cohousing community in Eastern Washington! Where community makes sustainability fulfilling and fun.
Spokane Cohousing formed around the opportunity to develop a beautiful 3 acre property in the South Perry neighborhood. It’s on a bus line. The site is within walking distance to the neighborhood business district, bike trails, and parks. Over the past 30 years the current property owners have restored the historic home, built a beautiful, green apartments, and cultivated a large organic garden which we plan to preserve and expand on.
We envision an intergenerational village that is close to down town Spokane. With clustered townhouses and flats to maximize efficiency, interaction, and green space. Where we share skills and facilities where it makes sense and respect privacy and independence where it is needed and desired. We right size our lives to limit our ecological footprint. We strive for a decision making and group process that is inclusive, as simple as possible, and flexible.
- Status: Forming
- Started Planning: 2017
- Start Living Together: 2020
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.spokanecohousing.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spokanecohousing/
- Contact Name: Jim Dawson
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Join Fee: $500
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Our community is in the development process, members pay for the pre-construction costs of building the neighborhood and the cost is applied to the downpayment of your unit. All units are individually owned and include a share of the common facilities. The legal structure will likely be a condo association structure and there will be a homeowner association fee. The amounts will be determined during the design phase and when you join the group.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
- Energy sources: Solar
- Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: Up to 25%
- Food produced locally: Between 26-49%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
As a forming community we haven’t formed many norms around eating but people are open and supportive around dietary needs and preferences and many member strive for local and/or organic food as much as possible. Our community diet will become more clear as we get further along in the process. We have yet to have decide a tobacco policy but none of our current members smoke.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
Spokane, Washington, Cohousing, Intergenerational, Sustainable Living,