... is invisible - it is the agreements, the negotiations, the discussions among the partners over the last months and the innovative solutions created to make the budget fit into an unprecedented form of CLT plus cooperatives, which allow today to have inhabitants under a new roof. Almost all the thirty-four apartments are assigned, and some people are already spending their first days in the new building.
X has just moved to CALICO. An experienced arts and crafts textile maker, in precarious working conditions, X is part of the feminist association Angela.D: “I have decided to join the project to live together with other members of the association, to be able to access an affordable rent in a collective housing, defying the fear of isolation for the years ahead.”
Y is a mother of a 7-year-old kid, working part-time, who put together her savings to buy an apartment in the CLT. “Having access to a two-rooms apartment for this price would not have been possible anywhere else in Brussels. In addition, the idea of having kids living with other kids in the co-housing and sharing support with other inhabitants seemed to me a great option.”
The CALICO apartments are white and clean, welcoming plenty of light with views on the greenery and the neighbouring houses in a neighbourhood that is mushrooming with new residential buildings. The apartment model for two has an open spacious kitchen/living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom at the alley. If Y will be willing to resell her CLTB apartment one day, her return would not be more than the 25% of the difference between the market value of the apartment at the moment of purchase and the market value at the selling time. In other words, it’s a limited surplus she will make over the original buying price in addition to getting back her money. Hence, the purchase within the scheme of CLTB guarantees that speculation will be hindered.