|Finding and choosing a site||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 30 Jan 95 10:02 CST|
Seems to me there are many issues to finding and choosing a site. One issue which came up in a discussion with Chris Hansen, A cohousing developer, is that often groups make poor site choices based on criteria which is changeable. One common site choice criteria is the financial abilities of the group. One mistake that is made here is that groups may choose a poor site because that is all the core group could afford. Then what happens is no one joins them because it is such a poor site and they end up either going belly up, or holding onto empty units, have a high turnover, etc. Another approach might be to identify through the market place of your locality what the cost of a good site is, and then wait and build up enough of the financial core group until you can afford a good site. Keep in mind that location is next to cost in its importance to home buying and when you strip away the cohousing stuff, what you are doing is developing real estate and selling it. If you have a unattractive product, less people will want to buy it. Locating a site next to an obvious unchangeable unattractive feature such as a freeway, a dump, etc. might not be a good choice for attracting members. Some unattractive features are changeable, such as high crime, poor care of the area, etc. In some of these cases a cohousing site, may initially be unattractive but can add tremendous energy and value to changing the area by organizing and working with residents of the existing area. Another common situation which arises is that a group finds a site which works for some or most of the members but not all the members and since not everyone agrees to the site, they give it up. Rather than give up on a good site it might be better for a group to split up into two groups, those who want to live with the original site develop it and attract new members and those who don't form their own core group and find another site. One advantage to this is that the two groups have a common shared history which can offer all sorts of wonderful opportunities for sharing resources and information later. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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