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.