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Cranberry Commons

Project Description:

Located in the "Heights" area of North Burnaby, walking distance to schools, grocery stores, a wide variety of shops and restaurants, banks and other amenities and only blocks from a leisure pool and fitness center, seniors centre, library and park with trails.

The site is approximately 1/2 an acre in size. The community consists of 22 townhouse and apartment style homes with a variety of plans to suit the diverse needs of singles, couples and families.

The common house is 3400 square feet and along with the private patios and balconies, there is a vegetable and herb garden, recycling and composting area, common courtyard and children's play areas.

Cranberry Commons Courtyard
Cranberry Commons Courtyard

The legal structure is strata title, providing individual ownership of homes and common ownership of land and shared amenities.

Image of the 2002 evironmental award.

Cranberry Commons was awarded the City of Burnaby 2002 Environment Award for for their outstanding environmental achievements in planning and development. Recycled building materials, alternative energies (solar panels), water conservation, storm water management, and other sustainable features were included in the design. The award noted the socially sustainable aspects of the cohousing community as well (car sharing, bulk purchasing, consensus decision making).

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Cranberry Commons ground floor layout

The buildings are 3 1/2 stories with one level apartment style units, two level "stacked" townhouse units and 3 level townhouses. The common house is located on the ground floor, with additional areas in the underground (workshop and storage), and a fourth floor reading room with views of the mountains.

There is a second floor deck with mountain views, a common courtyard and common garden areas. All ground level homes have private gardens and upper level homes have balconies. Parking is underground with elevator access to the courtyard level and apartments.

Services Provided
CDC provided development management & community building services from July 1998 to completion in October, 2001.

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