Formed: 2007 Established: 2012
This page last updated:1/21/2013
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
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Belfast is a city of 7,000 people located in midcoast Maine between Camden and Bar Harbor. The city features an active waterfront and lively arts community, and is the center of business, services, and government for the surrounding county. Traditional housing in the Belfast area falls into two main categories: in-town residential neighborhoods and rural, large-lot homesteads. Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage are building a community that combines the best elements of both types: located in a rural area with tightly clustered housing and shared infrastructure, but working to preserve neighboring open land for its beauty, recreation, and farming, while fostering a close-knit, cooperative, and intentionally ecological way of life.
We are 32 Equity Member households and 20 Exploring Member households. We are business owners, educators, naturalists, gardeners, an architect, a fine homebuilder, farmers, doctors, nonprofit directors, poets, musicians, IT professionals, and children of all ages. (See bios on our website). Our 42 acre community (part of a larger 180-acre farm we plan to help preserve) is located just two miles from Belfast's downtown and harbor. We are within 1.5 miles of elementary and middle schools, Cornerspring Montessori Elementary School, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, a YMCA, grocery and other retail stores, and Belfast's Municipal Airport.
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is creating an environmentally sustainable, affordable cohousing community that includes land reserved for agriculture and open space and is an innovative housing development model for rural Maine. Since we broke ground in early November, 2011, we’ve completed seven buildings (fifteen units) with more currently under construction. Eleven families are living on-site now, with more soon to join them. We hope to break ground on our 4,000 SF common house this spring.
We are currently open to Exploring and Equity Members, and are most eager for families with young children to join. Our vision is that we will very soon have a sustainable, harmonious, functional cohousing community where residents love to live and others are waiting in line to join!
Status: Now building, seeking additional members
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Welcome to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage!
Former/Other Names: Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
This page last updated:1/21/2013
(Call ahead for a tour!)
Visitor Process: Please contact Lindsey Piper at email@example.com. We have an Open House on the second Sunday of every month that features activities for families, a presentation about the community, land tours, and tours of the completed prototype home. See our website (www.mainecohousing.org) for details.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(project 75 total, give or take)
(We have some renters.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Currently 5 hours per week)
(Varies by membership category. See website for details.)
Land and Buildings
42 acres (17.0 hectares)
(Parcel sits in the center of a 180 acre agricultural property.)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(36 units: 13 duplexes, 2 triplexes and 1 quad, ranging in size from 440 to 1,500 sq ft.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We anticipate growing/raising much of our own food.)
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(A focus on eating locally raised/grown)
(No one smokes among present membership)
Common Spiritual Practices:
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
(Building started in November 2011.)
(Anticipated completion date)
Number of Units:
Projected 36 units
Square Feet in Common House:
(Plans being finalized now)
G•O Logic is the design/build team
We are self-developing
We are financed internally
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