underground garages
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 16:56 CDT
Someone asked about underground garages, and Nancy Wight asked if we at
Monterey had considered them.  Well, sort of. As part of our original
feasibility study for the site, the architect suggested and put in an
underground garage .  My memory may be wrong, but I seem to remember a price of
roughly $600,000.  For 20-25 households.  Guess what, that was the last of
that.  We do have a difficult site with a steep slope, so that may have been
part of that - I don't know.

All this discussion of garages is making me a little nervous.  All of our new
homes will have tuck-under garages on the side away from the central lawn area,
but limited traffic (not a loop road, but more like a U coming up from the
street.  But the 8 households in the "mansion"/common house will either have
outside parking, some distance from the building, or rent garage spaces from
the others  (if available!)- (some households do not need two garage spaces). 
I've had a garage for 20 years in the house I sold, and this last 1 1/2 years I
have missed my garage -plugging my car into an extension cord/block heater so I
start in very cold weather, and scraping ice off the windshield many mornings. 
It's certainly doable - when I had a garage, I rarely used it in
spring/summer/early fall.  And I haven't been planning to sell - but it does
make me wonder.  Guess I'm a risk taker.  Like the rest of you.


Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, (MoCoCo)
Twin Cities Area, Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota
e-mail: baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu

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