After six years of development, Grass Valley’s senior cohousing complex Wolf Creek Lodge opened Saturday, the day after the residents obtained their certificates of occupancy.
“Members are ready to move in starting this month,” resident Suzanne Marriott said in an email to The Union.
Cohousing is an intentional community of private residences that share common areas. There are hundreds of them across the country, but Wolf Creek is one of only a handful of senior cohousing communities nationwide, said Kathryn McCamant, the developer and project manager, during a tour of the facility in late September.
Construction on the $11.2 million facility was supposed to begin in 2008, but that year the economy took a nose dive, and developments nationwide ground to a halt.
McCamant & Durrett Architects designed the building to be more than 60 percent more energy efficient than current California code, which garnered a California State 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Communities.
Some Wolf Creek owners have been involved since beginning, recruiting residents to help outline the layout of the facility and the types of common areas and private spaces, McCamant said.
In addition to one- and two-bedroom condo-like homes for singles and couples, which cost between $190,000 to nearly $500,000, there is a 4,000-square-foot common area for community gatherings, cooperative activities and guest accommodations.
Only seven of the 30 residential units remain unfilled, owners and developers said.
As for the commons areas, the facility offers residents a master kitchen for nightly group dinners, office space, sitting areas, gardens, a place for gaming and even a hot tub.
Even though Wolf Creek offers owners a comfortable and communal lifestyle, what surrounds the facility is itself an attribute. The cohousing compound is a mere block away from Pine Creek Shopping Center, which has a grocery store, salons, restaurants, a gym and an assortment of other shopping options.
It also overlooks Wolf Creek, which gives residents a scenic pine forest view and access to hiking trails.
Around 300 people attended Saturday’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to Marriott. Lodge member Bob Miller served as the master of ceremonies, and Grass Valley Mayor Jan Arbuckle spoke, praising the development.
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