Pacific Gardens Cohousing Opens!

Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community has been given an official occupancy permit from the City of Nanaimo. “This is a momentous day for us,” says Kari Fetherston, project administrator for the 25-unit multifamily development at 347 Seventh Street, Nanaimo. “Getting our occupancy permit is a much-awaited milestone and we are thrilled to finally reach it. Now the 11 owners who have bought into Pacific Gardens can move in.”


Designed by local architects Jolyon Brown and Ian Niamath, Pacific Gardens features a striking glass-roofed indoor atrium and a host of environmentally-friendly features. These include kitchen cabinets made of wheat-board, low VOC finishes and paints, thermally efficient roofs, walls and windows, heat recovery ventilators in every unit, and dual-flush toilets.

The first cohousing project on central Vancouver Island, Pacific Gardens has a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom plus den units with a wide variety of amenities. The complex has a large kitchen and dining hall for communal meals, crafts room, music room (with piano), woodworking shop, exercise room, bicycle storage, and a children’s play area.

The site’s extensive green space has natural flora and fauna including a pond and heritage apple trees. It borders a park along the salmon-bearing Chase River. Its beautiful grounds overlooking Mount Benson will also have extensive organic gardens where residents will grow their own vegetables and herbs.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pacific Gardens will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 1 pm. For more information, contact Kari Fetherston, Project Administrator, 250-754-3060 (office), 250-591-0501 (home), or 250-713-4680 (cell).