|converting existing bldgs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy (BAXTER%EPIHUBVX.CIS.UMN.EDU)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Feb 1994 16:47:10 -0500 (CDT)|
I'm with Dave, who wrote on Feb 22, not wanting to be in the suburbs and wondering about converting existing buildings/apt buildings. Tho Technically, we at Monterey CoHousing are in fact in a suburb. Monterey coH is 6 blocks outside the Minneapolis boundary, in a 1st ring suburb - area = combination of apt houses, town houses, and single family houses - quite dense in spots. I drive many places, but also take the bus, (several are possible) and can walk to a small shopping center (1 mile), several convenience stores, a florist, card shop, city hall, Jewish books and supplies store, and a few other oddments. It doesn't feel suburban to me. So I think it is important to look at sites, and not just the name of the city/suburb. I live in 1 of 8 units in a (not completely) rehabbed former retirement home - and we are building (fall, we hope) 14 or so town houses and , probably, a few apartments (still in flux). What is interesting in our situation is that on the 3 floors with apartments, the situations vary a lot! ... On the first floor, 2 units + common living room, library, copier, and mail area. Those folks get lots of traffic by their doors, and "co-chats". 2nd floor is 4 units on a pretty wide hallway, and because of some problems with soundproofing, which we are working on, (slowly, alas) one family finds they get much too much interaction. So people try not to chat in the hall. And on the 3rd floor, 2 units, and plaster rather than hollow clay tile/brick walls, we get no interaction unless we go look for it. I take that back, access to the roof and attic is through the 3rd floor units, so we do get some . and the two 3rd floor units share the elevator, but access is through one to the other. I think it works quite well, but there is still work to do in lots of areas. We had to combine rooms into units -- it was not apartments to begin with. But, it can be done. AND, none of us knows what it will be like to live more normal lives, when we don't have, one way or another, 2-3 meetings/week. Right now, what we need is more alone time. JUdy Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu 2925 Monterey Ave So, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Twin Cities CoHousing Network Voice Mail 612-930-7580 Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554
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