|Making the big decision/Cornerstone||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy (BAXTER%EPIHUBVX.CIS.UMN.EDU)|
|Date: Mon, 15 May 95 16:43 CDT|
on FRi, 12 May 1995 (David G Adams) wrote from Cornerstone: -Our consultants / architects believe we need to put about 40 units on the -site in order to make it meet the group's pricing requirements. This would -make us the densest group in the country, I believe [double meaning -intended], with approximately .01 acre / person. Sounds like a very large group to me - I'd be cautious about the numbers more than the density, IF people want to/are willing to live that close. The density wouldn't bother me, but then I grew up in apartment houses. -We have made an offer on this site and should hear from the owner any day -now. We rushed through a consensus call at the end of a meeting that was -1/2 hour already past the scheduled end, which allowed our new Development -Mgmt committee to prepare and submit the offer. The only other "vote" on -the site had 5 households excited about the site, 8 with reservations, 8 -with serious reservations, and 1 full member holding a red card [ I wasn't -there; I think it was more of a "stand aside" than a "block consensus". The --2 full member households there, including mine, would have added "serious -reservations" votes.] I agree with whoever wrote, end of a meeting is a very bad time for such a crucial decision. You need to know how much strong support there is to go forward, and ends of meetings, people are fried. -Some people want to move on this site just to make sure the group doesn't fade -away never deciding on a site. Others think we are dooming ourselves to burn -out if we move now. Is Neil Young right? We've got some people -suburb-oriented, some more urban focused. The new site's prices are projected -to be comparable to the old site overall, but the low end prices are -significantly higher (2 BR for $155K, for example) and some people would have -to drop out for economic reasons. BTW, these prices are comparable to the -local luxury condo apartment buildings. I also worry about burnout. Can't tell how much support you really have. You will need people willing to give up some of their dreams in order tomake it work - that's true in most cases, I think, but definitely in what you describe. -The group will lose somewhere between 2 and 10 of the --17 full members if we go ahead. If we don't go ahead (or the owner accepts -a different offer; developers may be bidding on the site) we have no idea -what we'll do next, and the group may or may not cut its losses and say -goodnight. I'd say the 1st sentence here is critical. And give time for discussion, reflection. Let us know how it comes out. Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, (MoCoCo) Twin Cities Area, Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota e-mail: baxter [at] epivax.epi.umn.edu Getting close to final prices and construction loan - and feeling like developers! Scared! other mail: 2925 Monterey Ave So, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Twin Cities CoHousing Network Voice Mail 612-930-7580 Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554 _____________________________________________________________________
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