We transformed an existing 16-unit apartment complex near the center of town into an intentional ownership community that is multi-generational, mixed-income, ecologically responsive and socially engaging.
The Fifth Street Commons is made up of:
- Eleven two-bedroom units and five one-bedroom units (all owned and occupied)
- A Common House with a shared living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry room, and guest room
- Workshop and storage
- Permaculture-inspired gardens and landscaping
- Private yards and shared outdoor spaces
- 6.4kW photovoltaic solar system
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Ross Chapin and JR Fulton told our story at the Green Building Slam at University of Washington’s Kane Hall. The sold-out event was hosted by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild to present their selection of the ten best projects in eco-design and building in this part of the world.
It takes a village to build a play structure
What do you get when you combine inspiration with old cable spools from Whidbey Telecom, used fire hoses, a grain silo, the front end of an old Dodge truck, part of an old rowboat, and a whole lot of community effort? You get a one-of-a-kind play structure that’s described in more detail in this article in Whidbey Life Magazine. You can watch the bridge tower being built in the time-lapse video below.