The Boneyard Studios alley lot was purchased in March 2012. The lot originally had overgrown grass, broken concrete, pooling water, garbage, illegal parking, and occasional criminal activity (e.g. a dumped stolen vehicle). A few pictures of the lot improvements from April-October 2012 (click on photos for full captions).
Boneyard amenities include:
- Beautiful graveyard views
- Electricity connection
- A 250 gallon cistern for gardening watering
- A community garden area with 10, 4×8′ plots, herb garden and composting area
- An open green space
- Small fruit orchard (currently planted: 2 apples, 3 cherries, 2 pear, 2 fig, 1 kumquat, 1 apricot, 1 plum, 1 serviceberry, 1 pomegranate, 4 blackberry and raspberry bushes, 3 rhubarbs; planned additions: grapes, peach, kiwi and nut tree).
- A 20′ shipping container for bike storage+workshop
- Great neighbors
- Proximity to public transit lines and bike lanes
- Less than 1 mile to local services: cafe, bar, small grocery store, wood-fired pizza restaurant, hospital.
- Security camera
Here is the blogroll of the improvements:
- Feb: lot design and the site
- March: water options + urban land search + the lot is bought
- April: meeting the neighbors; Repurposing Space showcase
- May: site preparation starts + got an alley lot address + shipping container arrives + 44 fence posts in, trailers arrive
- June: fencing, electricity, compost, fruit trees + electricity on, garden beds and fencing finished, workshop weekend in DC
- July: our great neighbors + tumbleweed house arrives + stop work order, work resumes
- Aug: gate welded, water on, construction in full swing