New Cohousing Development Breaks Ground in Edmonton
A cohousing project that is almost a decade in the making is finally breaking ground in Old Strathcona. The new twenty-six unit, family-friendly development focuses on community and environmental sustainability. Conceptualized by Urban Green Cohousing members and designed by DIALOG, the new development is an early Edmonton example of a sustainable way of living.
Cohousing is a lifestyle that is gaining popularity around the world. Residents own their units but share common facilities and resources under one roof. Neighbours make decisions together about their community, and mingle over home-cooked dinners in the shared kitchen and comfortable common areas.
“There is a growing appetite for cohousing in Edmonton, and Urban Green is leading by example in Old Strathcona. It’s a new way of thinking about what it means to be part of a community, and it has been rewarding to be part of the design process with them. Approaching multi-unit housing from a cohousing perspective is something we’re going to see more of in Edmonton, especially after proving the success of Urban Green.”
-Tyler Dixon, DIALOG Principal and Architect
The multi-family development is in a quiet crescent in Old Strathcona. Residents are excited to be close to everything they need within walking distance: playgrounds, grocery stores, University of Alberta, the river valley, and their community hall. At today’s groundbreaking, residents of varying ages spoke about what they’re most looking forward to in their new home. Reasons varied from the sustainability aspects, the ability to share meals with an extended family of sorts, the walkability of the neighbourhood, and the sense of community they will create together in the residence.
Congratulations to the Urban Green team for reaching such an exciting milestone!
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