From the Kootenay Co-op to the Nelson Commons!
In June 2013, the Co-op became proud owners of their new home, an ideal property at the east end of the downtown core. This marked the end of many years of searching for a property that would provide the Co-op a desperately-needed larger space, as well as the opportunity to own its own home for the first time in its almost 40 year history .
After careful consideration, the Co-op made a bold move: instead of refurbishing the existing building and lot, we developed the site for multiple purposes and people. The Nelson Commons project, as it is now known, includes 54 residential units, commercial spaces for other local businesses, indoor and outdoor parking and public green space.
The Kootenay Co-op moved into 777 Baker Street on Dec 8, 2016. The last condo unit was sold in August 2017, and currently two retail spaces are leased and another has been sold. The greenspace has been redesigned to accommodate more public use, and the planting and excavation for Phase II was completed in 2018.
- Retail space: 21,000 sq. ft.
- Cafe seats: 54
- Commercial Kitchen size: 1,900 sq. ft.
- New full-service Butcher Shop
- New Food Service area with hot food and salad bar
- New teaching kitchen
- Expanded cheese selection and olive and tapas bar in the Deli
Virtual tour of the Kootenay Co-op at 777 Baker
The greenspace between the Co-op parking lot and the Hospital Employees union is a long-term project. Local architect Thomas Loh helped the Co-op develop a beautiful concept plan for the space. We’ve already received support for the greenspace from a wide variety of community businesses. In addition, Nelson District Credit Union has donated eight solar panels in the Nelson Solar Garden so that the electricity for lighting the greenspace will be 100% renewable!