This idea is easily explained and the Problem also. The idea was to have a public Sauna in the old cloakroom houses the Seebadi latte mountain in Stäfa. But to build and to operate during the first year, there were 250'000 Swiss francs needed. "We just try, how far have we come", said the founder of the lakeside sauna-cooperative, as they began collecting money.
they came pretty fast, pretty far. In just four months, they have succeeded, a quarter of a million Swiss francs to procure that, without corporate sponsors. Only by cooperative shares, and private donations. The environmental consultant Michael Kistler, spokesman for the cooperative, the "sensational". Normally, Crowdfunding projects ranged in size from 1000 to a few 10'000 Swiss francs.
There are on the lake will be no public offer
The cooperative members have two explanations for the surprisingly good result. "First, there is the whole of the gold coast, amazingly, not a decent offer to the public for Spa and Sauna," says Kistler. "Certainly not one with direct Lake access." Who wants to Spa, had to move to Zurich, RUTI or in the forest. Secondly, the "very limited public access to the lake on the gold coast" in the hands of games. "People want to take advantage of the lakeshore, which is still available in the summer and in the Winter."
This old wardrobe little house at the entrance of Stäfa to the Sauna. Image: PD
However, other initiatives for a winter sauna, failed at the gold coast in the past. In Erlenbach and the angle of the initiators of the project found no support in their communities. The municipality of Stäfa not put the required money on the table. Parish President Christian Haltner (FDP) urged the Petitionären, the Chance, the old wardrobe houses as a Sauna, converting, would be better "if all the risks were privately borne."
Although it appears differently in retrospect, was the financing for the cooperative's founder, is a crime. The money collection to delivery, as in last October, started: In a few weeks 'time 100'000 francs. But before Christmas, nothing more. "We did not know in January whether we can make it to the planned conclusion of the 8. February would create," says Kistler.
you are already talking of Expansion
After the successful financing, the cooperative must submit to the municipality Stäfa a business plan and the use of the concept, and then the Canton of the building permit to obtain. "These are the biggest stumbling blocks before us yet," says Kistler. All goes well, should start in the Winter of 2020 with the Sauna in the old cloakroom house. A model of the project, the Seebadi Close in Zurich.
the cooperative members in front of the tag. Image: PD
In Stäfa, you are already dreaming of further Expansion. The need for a steam bath is very large, says Kistler, especially among women. Because it means more capacity, it would also attract a larger rest room. In addition, the cooperative members with a massage room or a hot tub to ogle. Therefore, the Board of Directors hopes that more Cooperative and cooperative members, as well as corporate sponsors. A sauna company from Wädenswil have already confirmed their partnership.
Created: 15.02.2019, 11:16 PM