November 2017 Newsletter Update – Bay State Commons Forging Ahead On Schedule

Model of the ground floor of the common house, mid-2017.
Model of the ground floor of the common house, mid-2017.

Bay State Commons Cohousing is forging ahead on schedule, and is looking for new members to join as we move towards construction.  We have finished the design sessions with our architects, who will now be converting our conceptual design to building plans which can be submitted to the city for approval.

Before the design is finished we have 15 “small” design issues to resolve at our meetings.   Do we want a fireplace and if so, a wood or gas fireplace?  How do we handle trash and recycling?  Do we want a metal roof?  Would a ground source heat pump work for us? Etc.

Near the end of 2017, we will formally apply for project permitting from the City of Malden. Between now and then, we have time to work out some final design details and focus on marketing. Of our community’s envisioned 30 units, we have now sold 14, and 5 households have expressed an intent to become an ‘Equity Member’ and commit to purchase a unit.

By the end of January 2018, we will execute our option to buy 368 Pleasant Street and become its owners. By early to mid-2018, we hope to complete permitting and construction financing. At that time, we would break ground and begin construction on our new homes. If all goes according to plan, the new community’s doors will open in mid-2019.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting project, send us an email, or come to one of our every-other week planning meetings or upcoming social events to learn more and get involved! or

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Architects' rendering of the building
Architects’ rendering of the Bay State Commons building

Bay State Commons is the first new cohousing community to be built in the Boston area in 10 years. We are actively pre-selling units and looking for new members as we prepare for permitting and construction, with the goal of moving in to our new 30-unit building in 2019. If you would like to get to know us a little better, or ask us questions about the project, please contact us—we would love to meet you!

We also have meetings every 2 weeks on the first and third Tuesday of the month, as well as information sessions. See our Meetup page for upcoming meeting and event dates and times.

About the Bay State Commons Cohousing Community and Values

Bay State Commons is a diverse, multi-generational cohousing community situated in the Boston Metro-North area in Malden, MA. Since our first meeting in 2013, we have been engaging new members through meetings and social events while also defining shared values and goals, searching for land and designing our upcoming community space. We value good communication and reflectiveness, and our group process is designed with that in mind. We place high importance on environmental sustainability, and envision an energy efficient building that offers ample green space and common areas to encourage interaction among community members. 

Cooking at a Common House Meal
Community members preparing food for a social gathering

We hold an Option to Purchase agreement for the American Legion site at 368 Pleasant Street in Malden, MA. The location is 750 feet from the Malden T stop and 20 minutes to downtown Boston. It is a short walk to groceries, restaurants, public parks, and public and charter schools. It is one mile from the Middlesex Fells, a 2,200 acre state park.

Together with our architects, Neshamkin-French and French 2D, we have completed preliminary building designWe are in the process of seeking permits and financing for construction, and are on target to break ground in 2018 and move into our new building in mid 2019.

A Child Friendly Community

Malden was named “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2009.

Who Are We?

We are families, couples and singles who have decided to form a community together. Some of us knew each other before the project started and others joined without knowing anyone. Our interests include cooking, gardening, making music, and just spending time catching up. Some of us work, some are in school, and some are retired.

You can learn more about us by checking out the below links. Additionally, please see this webpage for a more visual representation of cohousing.

Contact us!

Learn more about membership

Read the FAQs for more detailed information

Learn more about our members

Read our Vision Statement

Meet the professionals who are helping us  build the community.



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