Motorcyclists throughout Lane County will gather in Cottage Grove from noon to 4 p.m. on July 14 to celebrate and support the future home of Cottage Village, an affordable housing project featuring tiny homes with tiny rents.
The benefit features a covered bridge poker run, where motorcyclists will first travel to Cottage Grove’s world famous covered bridges, receive a playing card at each location as if playing poker, and then gather at the future home of Cottage Village for an afternoon of music, Big Stuff BBQ and raffles.
Live music provided by local favorites Dennis Calvino and his Allstar Band. Winning poker hands receive cash prizes.
The ride is open to all motorcyclists and will be led by Twin Rivers Harley Owners Group.
Riders will register and meet at Willamette Valley Harley Davidson (I-5 and exit 189) at 9 a.m. on the 14. The first group leaves around 10 a.m., with riders leaving in groups of 20 bikes at a time.
Registration and additional information can be found at: facebook.com/twinrivershog.
In addition to countywide motorcyclists, village neighbors and the community are invited to join the festivities.
This benefit is one of many being held over the coming months to celebrate and support the tiny homes project.
Cottage Village will include 13 self-contained houses, ranging in size from 200 to 300 square feet. Each unit has its own bathroom and shower and small kitchen.
The size of these homes make them very energy efficient. The village will also include a community center complete with a gathering space, commercial kitchen, library, workshop space and more.
Cottage Village Coalition, in conjunction with SquareOne Villages in Eugene, is nearly halfway to its goal of raising $1.2 million to construct the project on an in-town parcel purchased last year.
Cottage Village Coalition began its partnership with SquareOne in 2016. Since then the two groups have worked together to identify and purchase a 1.1 acre property on Madison Street in Cottage Grove.
The property also has a 4-bedroom home and a large workshop. The property was purchased thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Fund.
The tiny homes proposed for Cottage Village are part of a larger national movement to create efficient, low-cost housing for low income residents squeezed by high rents and low availability of rental units, especially in rural communities like Cottage Grove.
Potential residents have to meet strict criteria for living in the village, including a commitment to weekly work hours towards village upkeep.
For more information, visit www.squareonevillages.org/cvc.