December 2018 | Washington Commons

This holiday season, we invite you to give yourself the Gift of Community! We'd love to chat with you at our upcoming Meet & Greet this Saturday. See below for details...
See our Site and Meet the Washington Commons Members
Saturday Morning, December 8th at 11am
December Meet & Greet Plus Site Tour
Meeting at our Site: 4th and G, West Sacramento
Join us for our December Saturday morning Meet & Greet plus a Site Tour to see our special location and envision the kind of structure and community that we will be creating together – and begin to celebrate the holidays together too. 

We would love to meet you and have you meet us – and through questions, answers and discussion have you get a better idea of what it is like to be “in community.” We will give you the latest update on our progress  -- on purchasing the property (we are in the due diligence stage), the schedule for beginning the architectural design process, the estimated costs and how to become an Explorer member or a full member and get involved.  It’s a very exciting time be a part of Washington Commons.

On December 8, our neighborhood walk will be along the Sacramento River to the Crocker Museum or to a nearby coffee house where we will continue the discussion of what’s involved to make this happen. 

PS: If we, as a group, decide to go to the Crocker, that is also an opportunity to visit their gift shop for wonderful holiday gifts. Hope to see you there!

Democracy in Action
What is unique about cohousing is that, while you have your own home, the community as a whole is governed and managed by its residents. In other words, it is self-governed. We are living in contentious times and some say that experience with democratic processes is diminishing. Happily, cohousing is moving in the opposite direction. 

Cohousing is based on democratically organized processes that support working together collaboratively to bring about the best solutions for the community.  Decisions are made by consensus, and allow for all voices to be heard and part of the process.
Example of a Democratic, Self-Managed Community.
Nevada City Cohousing | Photo by Tony Finnerty
This Development will be a Tight-Knit Community in an Urban Setting
We're looking at PDX Commons as a model.
The common space at PDXC: beautiful and outfitted with lots of interesting reads, curated by residents themselves.
Sitting around the fire pit in the courtyard: an age-old idea in a modern setting.
Local News from West Sacramento
New Bridge Connecting Washington Neighborhood to Railyards Project
Less than a mile from our site, a new bridge is being planned -- a new crossing of the Sacramento River from C Street in West Sacramento to Railyards Boulevard in Sacramento. The architect for the bridge has just been selected.  Here is an article introducing the architecture firm T.Y. Lin.
Our site at 4th and G Streets is in an exciting location!

The new bridge will cross the Sacramento River between the Sacramento Railyards and the West Sacramento Washington planned developments and provide a new bicycle, pedestrian, and automobile crossing.
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon at the October 31st unveiling
" The gateway between Sacramento and West Sacramento will promote economic development, lifestyle, and mobility," leaders said.

Let's Create Cohousing in West Sacramento!
What do you need to know to take your next steps?
Come to a site tour. Ask questions, Get Answers.  Become an Explorer member and dig deeper. Take this opportunity to become involved, participate in our busines s meetings (as a non-voting member), get to know the group and see how we work together. You’ll reserve a place “in line” to select your home when our project is completed. You’ll also be given a personal orientation on our budget and legal documents creating a sound foundation for our work ahead. Additionally, you will receive a copy of " Creating Cohousing" written by our expert consultant Katie McCamant in partnership with Chuck Durrett. We will brief you on these materials. 

Explorer membership is $250. If you become a full member within 3 months, the $250 will be deducted from your initial membership investment of $2,000.

If you have been thinking like we have about the importance of community and about the potential of being part of the first cohousing community in West Sacramento – Now is the time to get involved!
Mark Your Calendars
January 7, 2019
Washington Commons Business Meeting (Open to Members & Explorers)

January 12, 2019
Site Tour & Neighborhood Walk

Hope to meet you at an event soon!
Anne, Maggie, Loretta, Stu & Janet, Stu & Willa, Mary Ann & Herb, Polly & Steve, Jae!  
For more information on Washington House Cohousing, please visit our website and check out our meetup page .
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