|Re: COHOUSING-L digest 484||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cohomag (Cohomagaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 10 May 95 10:03 CDT|
Russell Mawby asked for information about the Pacifica project and Habitat for Humanity. The key person to talk to is Bill Dempsey, founder and currently a director of the Habitat affiliate in the San Francisco Peninsula area; Peninsula Habitat can be reached at 415-324-2266. I talked to Bill a couple days ago and I know he'll be out of town till May 17th. He is quite knowledgeable about cohousing and has been a great source of information for me about affordable housing strategies in general (he recently retired as asst. director of housing & community development for the county of San Mateo). I also know that he has discussed the cohousing concept with top-level Habitat people in Americus, Georgia (912) 924-6935. Of course Habitat is primarily known for rehabbing detached single family homes -- not very cutting edge in that respect -- but they sure know how to do sweat equity projects with community participation. Also, I think they are changing with the times. The March/April issue of Solar Today features an article about Jordan Commons in Dade County, Florida, a planned 200-home model community that "integrates the principles of social and environmental sustainability into an affordable community for low income residents." Designed with the pro-bono help of internationally known "neotraditional" architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the project is supposed to include features reminiscent of cohousing, including "pedestrian-friendly streets", "visual access to streets" from homes, open space and a 10,000 square foot recreation center. However, I don't know if it involves resident input into the design process, and I doubt that they'll be serving dinners in the recreation center. Then again, why not? The project is sponsored by Homestead Habitat for Humanity; Dorothy Adair, President; 305-247-0847. ------------------------------------------- Don Lindemann, Cohousing Journal cohomag [at] aol.com
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