Sharing resources, sadness and joy – it’s all part of this new Langley community – Maple Ridge News


When Loriane Frewing recalls her childhood in Langley, she thinks of the safety and comfort of knowing all her neighbors and living in a real community. It’s a feeling she and her husband wanted to return to, so a few years ago they joined Compass Cohousing, a group of like-minded people who plan to develop a tight-knit community in Langley.

The community is still a year or two away from being a place of brick and mortar, but Loriane has already felt the benefit of knowing her future neighbors.

“My husband passed away in June. When he fell ill, the current members of Compass Cohousing helped me immensely. They filled my planters with soil, they cleared a fallen tree, they had my car repaired, they brought me meals and also came to visit Grant at the hospice, ”she says. “They have been a real support group for me throughout it all. The communal character of cohabitation shone brightly.

Grant and Loriane have been members of Compass Cohousing for approximately two years. When Grant passed away last spring, Loriane got a taste of the support her future neighbors will provide: community members offered their support and pledged to give Grant’s name to a workshop.

Grant’s place

Compass Cohousing will have 40 fully enclosed private residences, ranging from studio condominiums to four-bedroom townhouses, as well as a common house for the community to come together and share their skills. Next to a kitchen, children’s play area, music room, living room, guest suites and other amenities is Grant’s Place, a workshop equipped with many of the late husband’s tools by Loriane.

“He had a large store full of equipment and our three children don’t have room for everything,” explains Loriane. “He was loved by so many people. It was a decision of the community to give the workshop its name.

What is cohabitation?

Like many in Langley, Loriane first heard of the lifestyle thanks to Windsong – a cohabitation development established in North Langley in 1996. But she had misconceptions about how it worked.

“I thought it was a commune with a bunch of hippies!” ” she laughs. Now she describes cohabitation as a group of people who have decided to live in community. “I will know who is around me, and they will know me. We will look out for each other and celebrate together too.

Unlike housing co-ops, each member owns their home within a stratum. As with any traditional condominium project, they can qualify for a conventional mortgage, build equity over time, and sell when they want. And unlike a retirement home, Compass is open to all ages. Even now, the youngest is a little over a year old; the oldest is 80 years old.

“We’ll all bring our different talents – I could run a children’s craft workshop, and others will give music lessons. “

About half of the 40 homes have already been announced, but there is still room for new members.

” It is open to all. You just need to be ready – and willing – to live in community.

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