–Article and image submitted by Kitty Elton
West Wind Harbour Cohousing, Sooke’s second cohousing community, will be located on the Sooke Harbour waterfront just west of Mariner’s Village on Goodmere Road. The image below of the northwest corner of the architect’s design for the L-shaped building, shows the main entries and rooftop deck with spectacular, 360-degree views of Sooke Harbour, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the mountains.
Cohousing combines the advantages of private, strata-titled units with the benefits to well-being of participation in an active community. A purpose-built, 1500 square-foot common house will provide space for meetings, shared meals, music, and various activities. Other common amenities include: multi-purpose rooms, storage space, arts and crafts studios, gardens and patios, exercise room, guest rooms, bike storage, workshop, library, and easy access to Sooke Harbour from a sturdy dock.
West Wind Harbour Cohousing had the unanimous support of Sooke Municipal Council, achieving fourth and final reading of their rezoning application in early December. Construction will begin by January 2019, and the projected move-in date is early in 2020.
There are presently 20 households committed to the 34-unit project.
Those interested in West Wind Harbour Cohousing are encouraged to attend Margaret Critchlow’s weekend workshop Is Cohousing for You? This workshop is next scheduled for March 17-18 at the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre. Registration is available for all West Wind Harbour Cohousing events on Eventbrite.
In conjunction with the weekend workshop there will be an optional information session at the development site on Saturday evening, March 17th. Included in that event is a tour of the site, a presentation about the project, and an opportunity to get to know members over a casual barbecue dinner. Registration for the information session is also available via Eventbrite.
The weekend workshop and information session provide a gateway to associate membership, allowing those interested to have a three-month opportunity to participate in the project before committing to equity membership.
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