Otago Daily Times

Co­hous­ing owner ex­cited as project nears fin­ish

- DAISY HUD­SON daisy.hud­son@odt.co.nz Dunedin

SEVEN years af­ter it was pro­posed, a Dunedin co­hous­ing de­vel­op­ment is close to com­ple­tion.

The 24­unit Toiora High Street Co­hous­ing de­vel­op­ment started to take shape in 2013, when Ur­ban Co­hous­ing bought the for­mer school site to cre­ate an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional co­hous­ing neigh­bour­hood.

Unit owner Gay Buck­ing­ham be­lieved the homes would be ready to move into early next year.

Work was ini­tially ex­pected to be fin­ished by Christ­mas, but Covid­19 re­stric­tions de­layed that.

Ms Buck­ing­ham joined the project in 2015, and was ex­cited about the prospect of mov­ing into her new home.

‘‘It’s fi­nally in sight,’’ she said.

For those in­trigued by the idea, a change in the cir­cum­stances of some own­ers meant some units might be­come avail­able.

Two were pos­si­bly go­ing to be rented out, and an­other two might be sold.

A Dunedin City Coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil was plan­ning to buy a unit.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing the com­mu­nity would need to know about the co­hous­ing sys­tem, Ms Buck­ing­ham said.

The main ben­e­fit of the model was a sense of com­mu­nity and know­ing your neigh­bours, she said.

Be­cause of the cost of hous­ing, it was be­com­ing more pop­u­lar, she said.

An in­duc­tion day for peo­ple in­ter­ested in the units will be held on Novem­ber 22.

 ?? PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN
PHOTO: CHRIS­TINE O’CON­NOR ?? Home sweet home . . . Toiora High Street Co­hous­ing unit owner Gay Buck­ing­ham is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing into her new home early next year.
PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN PHOTO: CHRIS­TINE O’CON­NOR Home sweet home . . . Toiora High Street Co­hous­ing unit owner Gay Buck­ing­ham is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing into her new home early next year.

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