|Converting existing housing to Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 30 Apr 94 09:36 CDT|
The cohousing core group that I am now part of is called Andersen Lane Cohousing (ALCG). ALCG has proposed taking a block of existing inner city housing - (12 structures, 22 units, - 6 are single family and 6 are 2,3 & 4 unit). We would close the alley, remove the fences and garages to make a common court yard and build or adapt space to be common space and provide alternate parking and storage space. I've read a bit about N Street and believe there are significant differences as well as similarities that we might learn from. One difference is our inner city site. The site is not particularly desireable as is and many of us have established homes elsewhere so we are not inclined to move to the site till we are confident that cohousing will happen (mainly the closure of the alley. So an evolutionary approach is going to be hard to get started. On the other hand the housing market in the area is depressed and many of current owners on the block have wanted to sell their houses but have not been able to for a price that suited them. It's a buyers market. We are currently debating a negotiating strategy. We are leaning toward negotiating purchased agreements or options with contingencies related to acquiring all of most of the properties on the block. We are open to an evolutionary approch once some minimal core has been established. And indeed we will try to recruit existing owners tho so far we have not had much interest. The alley with garages and its proposed removal without a clear replacement is a big deterent. Any advice on acquisition strategies? or other comments for that matter. Fred -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com Sysop of COHOUSING-L mailing list 1221 Russell Av N; Minneapolis, MN 55411 voice: (612) 588-9532 WB0YQM 146.64 MHz with DTMF Selcall: 233 ; FAX by arrangement
- Converting existing housing to Cohousing Fred H Olson WB0YQM, April 30 1994
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