January 2018 Newsletter – Events and Project Updates

Bay State Commons Unit K- 2 Bedroom_Units 111, 211, 311

Happy New Year from Bay State Commons Cohousing!

We hope that you have been staying warm and dry during this snowy and cold start to 2018. Since sending out our December Newsletter late last month, we have some exciting new updates:

Bay State Commons recently launched our new website and just this week posted architect renderings of the building common areas and 3D images of available units, which can be found on our site plan and unit availability page. Small thumbnail images of several units can be seen below:

Bay State Commons Unit K- 2 Bedroom_Units 111, 211, 311

 

Bay State Commons Unit G - 1 Bedroom plus Den_Units 106, 206Bay State Commons Unit F - 1 Bedroom_Units 301, 401

We have also launched a series of blog posts about BSC member activities, including recent building sustainability efforts and community-building activities.  

Meanwhile, in Malden, where we will be closing on the site at 368 Pleasant Street in April, the multi-family building moratorium that has been in place for nearly two years ended at the close of 2017. BSC is now entering the construction permitting process that will hopefully allow us to break ground in the summer or fall of 2018, in advance of a 2019 move-in.

In anticipation of this, our membership recruitment has picked up momentum, thanks to an advertising campaign on social media and in The Boston Globe, Metro Boston and The Bay State Banner. With our current roster of members, both equity and associate, and the active prospective members recently coming to us, we are steadily filling up our membership. Now is the time to check out our community and our project before all 30 condo units are spoken for.

Join us for one of our upcoming meetings and events:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30–9pm, business meeting at Cornerstone Cohousing, 175 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA. Please click here for directions.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, BSC Information Session! 6:30–8pm, Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Street, Somerville, MA. Please click here for directions.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 7–8:30pm, BSC Information Session! Jamaica Plain Cohousing, 65 Cornwall Street, Boston, MA. Please click here for directions.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30–9pm, business meeting at the American Legion site at 368 Pleasant Street in Malden. Use the entrance on the side of the building where you go up a flight of stairs. There is parking available and is also a 5 minute walk from the Malden Center T station. Please click   here for directions.

As always, thank you for your interest in Bay State Commons Cohousing. We hope to see you soon!

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October workday supports cohousing community

Enjoying a meal outside Meal prep at its finest Cleaning common work area BSC member adding a coat of paint to swing set BSC member hedging at Cornerstone BSC Member gardening at Cornerstone BSC Member raking fall leaves

A Cohousing Workday

BSC member weeding at Cornerstone
BSC member weeding at Cornerstone

Members of Cornerstone Village Cohousing have graciously opened their doors and allowed Bay State Commons cohousing to host meetings twice a month in their common house area. In order to show appreciation and give back to our hosts, on a Saturday in late October members of Bay State Commons cohousing joined the residents of Cornerstone for an on-site workday. There were many indoor and outdoor projects to tackle in order to prepare their common facilities, green space, and gardens for winter. This included trimming back plants of all sizes, raking, pulling weeds, painting, and sweeping.

Fun Fact

Cornerstone was a featured stop on a 2017 ‘Secret Gardens of Cambridge’ community tour, something Cornerstone’s urban gardeners are proud of.

Urban Green Space

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors. While working, people laughed, shared stories, and in many instances got down in the dirt and interacted with the green space, something that is generally uncommon in an urban setting. It was a great model for Bay State Commons cohousing members to see. Similar to Cornerstone, the future Bay State Commons site is planned to be in a similar semi-urban setting. Our project is also envisioned to maximize outdoor green space.

BSC cohousing member raking fall leaves
Raking fall leaves

Work-day participants also connected over a tasty lunch prepared by several Bay State Commons volunteer chefs. Overall the workday was a success, and we want to thank Cornerstone for their generosity in allowing us to use their common space for our meetings. They continue to support and inspire us as we move forward and envision our own future building and community green space.

 

Bay State Commons cohousing members in action

BSC cohousing member cleaning common work area
Cleaning common work area
BSC cohousing member adding a coat of paint to swing set
Adding a coat of paint to swing set
BSC cohousing member hedging at Cornerstone
BSC member hedging at Cornerstone
BSC cohousing member - Meal prep at its finest
Meal prep at its finest
BSC cohousing member enjoying a meal outside
Enjoying a meal outside
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Supporting sustainability at Bay State Commons: A snapshot of the ECo team

View of GreenBuild Expo

Scoping out solar parking canopy 171201_BCC_SolarPiping View of GreenBuild Expo ECo team visiting GreenBuild Expo Nov 8th

In November and December, the Bay State Commons Environmental Committee (ECo) supported BSC sustainability efforts by attending several expos and events, and considered different efficiency and clean energy options for the Bay State Commons project.

Sustainability at work: ECo team visiting GreenBuild Expo Nov 8th
Environment Committee (ECo) members Christine, Trudy and Elizabeth visit Solar Flower booth at 2017 GreenBuild

Several ECo members went to the Boston GreenBuild Expo on November 8th, where they visited company booths for a range of technologies, including electric vehicle charging stations, bike racking systems, new wall insulation techniques, and efficient building heat pump systems, among others.

On December 1st, several members participated in a tour of the new Bristol Community College’s net zero health and science center. The building uses a large ground-source heat pump system, solar hot water and solar electric panels, and has a tightly sealed building envelope.

Sustainability at work: BSC ECo members 'looking under the hood' at piping during tour
BSC ECo members ‘looking under the hood’ at piping during net-zero building tour
Sustainability at work: Scoping out solar parking canopy
Checking out solar parking canopy

Lastly, ECo and other BSC members plan to visit a new multi-family net zero project in Boston that has several features in common with our project. Although our project may not be net zero, we are envisioning a space that will be comfortable for members, have a reduced carbon footprint, and lower heating and cooling costs over time. ECo members intend to continue to support sustainability efforts, and have a lot of fun in the process.

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