Saturday April 20, 2019 Bassett Creek Site Search Group held a presentation by Architect Elizabeth Turner at Eastside food co-op. She is a Passive House Certified Architect and shared with us the details of the new Affordable Hook and Ladder apartments being built near Edison High in NE Minneapolis. Her firm, Precipitate Architecture, did the detailed plans and economic analysis to show the great benefits of Passive House Standard on one of the two Affordable Apartment buildings 2212-2320 Jefferson St. NE.
There was lively discussion, and then Bob Lynn, and Kath Johnson and Becca Brackett presented the Urban Site Search Plan for summer 2019. Its a limited time offer- band together, search for a site, and your deposit is refunded if we can't get make a big enough group by the end of Sept.
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Next meeting May 5th at the Wedge table.
Around Thanksgiving 2018, Becca and Fred visited relatives in New England but first we spent about 3 days at Jamaica Plain Cohousing (JPC) in Boston. www.jpcohousing.org/
View of courtyard from third floor walkway with commonhouse is the first image.
JPC is about a five minute walk from the Green Street Station on the Orange Line of the "T". Fred has had contact with several people at JPC over the years thru Cohousing-L discussions: lists.cohousing.org/archives/cohousing-l/ We had visited them briefly on two other trips. Spending a bit more time allows one to get a much better feel for a community. Our timing was fortunate in that we were able to observe a community meeting and the next night a common meal that was a birthday party for two children. If the party had been in the summer it probably would be on The Patio.
The Patio at JPC
We also had breakfast with at a nearby cafe with few members who were involved with starting the community. They shared some insights from their long process. They overcame significant pollution on the site which had been a rubber factory.
The Skyways JPC
They never gave up!
We met many people and explained cohousing to them.