|Re: Role of professionals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: SPINTUS (SPINTUSHULAW1.HARVARD.EDU)|
|Date: Thu, 17 Nov 94 13:05 CST|
In response to the various messages that have been sent on this topic as well as Mark Ottenberg's that started the thread---Mark was referring to the great work that he felt The Cohousing Center in Watertown, MA has provided for the Commonweal group. I'd like to weigh in for the Cornerstone group, which is also using the services of The Cohousing Center. Since I haven't been in a cohousing group not using this approach, I can't speak to the difficulties. Abstractly though, I have no idea how I would approach cohousing if my group had to do all the site selection, architect selection, etc. all alone. The Cohousing Center is a group of professionals that are guiding several groups through the whole process, helping with marketing the concept of cohousing, helping interested people explore the various groups forming in the Boston area, providing site exploration services, help with approaching banks on financing, and providing professional architecture services. They are not "doing" cohousing for us. The groups are still directly involved in the process, but we are receiving professional advice from people who know the cohousing concept and are committed to helping it get started here. In fact, all the principals in The Cohousing Center are actual members of one of Cornerstone or Commonweal. Their help and advice has been invaluable to us. Susan Pintus, Cornerstone
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