Unitarian Commons – a Faith Community Co-housing Project

Unitarian Commons has been working on a 20 unit, multi generational, Universal Design, co-housing community as part of a larger condo project in Toronto.

I attended the first public meeting hosted by one of the four Unitarian Churches involved in this project. The meeting was well attended with interested parties from at least 5 different congregations.

They are 3 years in –with the average Co-housing project taking between 4 to 6 years to complete. The partners were indicating they are satisfied their project is on target time-wise.

The community will co-own 2 floors with 10 units each all of which will be governed by Unitarian Commons rules. As well as being a part of Unitarian Commons the resident owners will also pay condo fees and therefore enjoy the assets and amenities of the Condo building around them.

The group is committed to building a completely accessible community, so that people of all ages and abilities can be ‘able everywhere’.

Features of the Community Housing Project

  • Accessible Design for all ages and abilities
  • A caring community
  • Common spaces for group activities
  • Private spaces – separate apartments
  • Environmentally sustainable – energy-efficient, environmentally responsible
  • Structured like condos, with a board of directors 

  

From the Unitarian Commons Website FAQ:

Do I need to be Unitarian to live in Unitarian Commons?

Unitarianism is a liberal, no-dogma faith. We welcome purchasers from other faiths, and no faith, who value living in community which also offers privacy. Religion will play no part in the daily life of the community.  Unitarian Commons is intended for families with children, couples, singles, all ages and all abilities, all ethnicities, gay and straight.

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The last time I visited the Unitarian Commons website it had an informative online survey.

The beginning of the survey has a table listing the proposed costs (see below). It continues with many questions about the features of most importance to you.

From the Unitarian Commons Website’s Survey Page

Unitarian Commons is an incorporated non-profit organization founded by members from four Unitarian congregations in the Toronto Area.

Unitarian Commons has a potential opportunity to build our first fully accessible co-housing location near the corner of Dundas East and River St.   The developer needs to get an idea how many buyers would like units of various sizes and prices.

Our current survey brings you some of the information you may be wanting, and helps us gather the statistics needed by this and other builders.

If you are interested, this co-housing community is open to all who are willing to abide by Unitarian Principals, which personally, I have yet to find onerous:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

2018-10-17T16:06:23+00:00

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