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Peterborough This Week wrote about us and about cohousing in general recently (June 11) in an article entitled “Peterborough group seeking to make housing communal and neighbourly again.” Here’s an excerpt:

Imagine talking to your neighbours, borrowing some kitchen supplies before next week’s bake sale or sitting down and having a meal with your community. For some, that’s a concept in the distant past that a group in Peterborough is hoping to resurrect. On June 19, architect Scott Donovan is hosting a presentation alongside those with experience in the co-housing model. Donovan describes co-housing as a “village-like setting” that’s “more social than a row of houses down a street.”

An article about our group was also published in Electric City magazine on June 5th, entitled “Kawartha Cohousing Wants to Build Peterborough’s First Cohousing Community.” Here’s an excerpt:

“Organizing around the name Kawartha Cohousing, the group is hoping to design and build a living facility that will be owned and managed cooperatively, though it will include private rooms in order to balance residents’ needs for privacy as well as community. If the group is successful, it will be the first housing development of its kind in the city, and one of only a handful in Ontario.

The team has formed working groups to explore issues like bylaws, finances, development regulations, and the like. They intend to make decisions cooperatively as they develop their plans, and they’re excited to be envisioning and designing their building from scratch. “Most successful cohousing is community first, and then building second,” Al Slavin says.”