|Fairfax CA low income housing: Vest Pocket Community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MelaSilva (MelaSilvaaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 12:25:35 -0500|
I saw this article in the paper about a community in Marin County, a wealthy county just north of San Francisco. Are they really cohousing? Did the residents design it? Are they all rentals? How can they afford full time staff? Who is Innovative Housing? Anybody know? Mela Silva Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento CA >From the SF Examiner, Sunday April 21, front page of the Real Estate section,with a full page picture: Fairfax Low-cost Housing proves to be a gem The next time a neighborhood group prepares to go haywire about a low-cost housing project, they should visit the newly built Vest-Pocket Community in this Marin County Burb.... ....Housing 19 families in a cohousing setting... ...She pays $340 a month rent in the new home... ....Politically, the project's shared-living concept would seem to be consistant with a town that understands progresive thinking.Residents have their own individual space, but they share common areas such as group kitchens, eating areas and community rooms. The project offers a full-time resident manager and a housing coordinator who provides support and assistance for the residents... ..."Innovative Housing's mission is to integrate affordable housing with practical support services, which strengthen families and help build economic self-sufficiency," said Joe Hawkins, regional director of Innovative Housing, which operates 38 shared projects in teh Bay area. ....with a 2,547 square foot community building, including a childrens play area... "The co-housing concept is progressive but the imagery of the buildings themselves are pure American new-craftsman sweetness," said architect Dan Solomon... ...Visisting this tiny, peaceful, well-built housing development today, it is hard to believe that for the last TEN YEARS it was the center of a divisive and nasty civic tussle.... Traffic, the architectural design of the project, its size and everything else imaginable was thrown at the housing development. But in the end, the objections didn't stick. "The vision is vindicated by the results." said architect Dan Solomon..."I just hope it never takes 10 years to build 19 units of housing again."
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