Barcelona City Council is to invite tenders for the adjudication of six municipal plots of land in order to boost cohousing projects. The contest is only open to cooperatives working to develop new ways of accessing and relating to social housing.
The sites are located in the districts of Sants-Montjuïc, Ciutat Vella, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris and Sarrià – Sant Gervasi and the aim is build a total of 115 flats managed by cooperatives.
“The creation of places for community life is in demand and the municipal government wants to build on that”, noted the Councillor for Housing, Josep Maria Montaner, pointing out that the initiative is particularly aimed at young people and the elderly.
The selection criteria means projects must involve a significant number of communal areas and promote community life, the shared use of basic facilities and the co-responsibility of users in managing them.
There are currently two cohousing projects under way in Barcelona: Can Batlló, which will consist of 28 flats, and a building in C/ Princesa, which will provide 5 new flats.
In the next few months more sites will be made available for the project and there should also be the prospect of including buildings to be renovated and made available via this cooperative ownership model. The initiative is promoted by the Taula d’Habitatge Cooperatiu working group on cooperative housing.