|Re: Co-developer||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sherri Zann Rosenthal (76671.1561CompuServe.COM)|
|Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 23:05:55 -0500|
A somewhat late point of information: Rich Lobdill wrote that every cohousing project to date has been co-developed with either a public or private entity that took part of the risk. This was not true of Arcadia Cohousing, our neighbors in Carrboro, NC. Arcadia's members were the developers, in a monetary sense, with total risk. In fact, Arcadia internally raised most of the capital needed to constuct the infrastucure and develop their neighborhood. The members also did a great deal of nitty-gritty work, too. In large part, this was accomplished because of the efforts of Giles Blunden, an architect who was the keystone of the group. Giles has had a great deal of experience founding and working in cooperatively-run businesses and other groups, including a design-build company called "Space Builders." After a lot of unpaid work, Giles was eventually hired by Arcadia as the Project Manager. About 14 of an eventual 33 homes are already built and are being lived in at Arcadia. Giles and his wife, Ginger, have been doing significant work helping build their own home, now that all the community's infrastructure is complete, and Giles has hung up his "project manager" hat to again become just another member. I write this to give credit to our sister community, but not with any stake in advocating that other groups *should* go without a co-developer. In fact, I think some person or organization is needed to play the coordinating role Giles did for Arcadia, and that I am providing for Eno Commons. Sherri Zann Rosenthal Eno Commons CoHousing, Durham, North Carolina Where our Commons House watercolors are lovely, and the first iteration of the home designs has plunged us into a whole new level of wrestling with happy choices.
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