Things are moving quickly for BSC. We have entered the permitting process with the city of Malden for the Orange-Line-adjacent site we are purchasing at 368 Pleasant Street. At our business meetings, members have completed a series of decisions that will affect the structure of our 30-unit building. And thanks to recent print advertising and recruiting events, we have a large group of active prospectives, some of whom have already entered the membership process.
In a few short months, our membership will be full. So now is the time to get involved if you think cohousing might be right for you. Bay State Commons will be the first new cohousing community in Greater Boston in over 10 years, and it may be many years until the next one comes along. The site plan and unit availability page on our webpage shows more information about our 30 condominiums. Please join us at these upcoming events:
● Thursday, March 1, 7-8:30pm, BSC Information Session! Cambridge Cohousing, 175 Richdale Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Please click here for directions.
We now offer group babysitting for our business meetings. Please ask for more details. And check out our Facebook page and our Meetup group!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.