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Formed:
2007
Established:
2012
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
Belfast
,
Maine
,
United States
(Midcoast Maine)
Contact:
Lindsey Piper
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
PO Box 100
Belfast, Maine 04915 United States
Address Status:
Good as of 6/21/2012
Phone:
207-338-9200
info [at] mainecohousing [dot] org
steve [at] mainecohousing [dot] org
Welcome to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage!

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, weve 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

Former/Other Names:
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
Community Affiliations:
Network Affiliations:
Last Updated:
1/21/2013
Visitors Accepted
(Call ahead for a tour!)
Visitor Process:
Please contact Lindsey Piper at info@mainecohousing.org. 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.
Cohousing Details
Cohousing Status:
Building
(Building started in November 2011.)
Year Completed:
2014
(Anticipated completion date)
Area:
42 acres (17.0 hectares)
(Parcel sits in the center of a 180 acre agricultural property.)
Number of Units:
Projected 36 units
Square Feet in Common House:
4000
(Plans being finalized now)
Architect:
GO Logic is the design/build team
Developer:
We are self-developing
Commercial Lender:
We are financed internally
Population
Members:
23 (project 75 total, give or take)
Non-Member Residents:
6 (We have some renters.)
Open to new members:
Yes
Government
Decision Making:
By consensus (modified consensus)
Identified Leader:
No
Leadership Core Group:
Yes
Labor and Money
Financial Style:
Members have independent finances
Labor Contribution:
Expected (Currently 5 hours per week)
Join Fee:
Yes (Varies by membership category. See website for details.)
Regular Fees:
No
Land and Buildings
Community:
Rural
Land Owners:
The community
No. of Residences:
36 (36 units: 13 duplexes, 2 triplexes and 1 quad, ranging in size from 440 to 1,500 sq ft.)
Food, Etc.
% Food Grown:
none (We anticipate growing/raising much of our own food.)
Shared Meals:
2-5 times/week (Our goal)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Dietary Practice:
Omnivorous (A focus on eating locally raised/grown)
Alcohol Use:
Used occasionally
Tobacco Use:
(No one smokes among present membership)
Social Factors
Common Spiritual Practices:
No
Which Spiritual Traditions:
Educational Style(s):
Public schooled
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