|Re: Lake Claire move-in and breaking ground stress||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jennifer Lynn Mccoy (poljlmpanther.Gsu.EDU)|
|Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 09:43:54 -0500|
I wanted to announce that Lake Claire Cohousing in Atlanta is now finished and 10 of 12 families moved in last week. We haven't been participating much on this list, but have benefited greatly from reading it over the last year as we've been inundated with construction details and generating our houserules. Now I can also respond to the breaking ground stress and does it get better question. WE broke ground last June and our project is now finishing about one month overdue -- not bad. We had perhaps an unusual amount of stress throughout the construction period (not less as someone predicted), because we served as our own developers, dealing directly with our builder. This is not a model I would recommend, but one that we had to adopt out of neceesity. This meant that throughout the project we had to oversee the construction, make decisions as a group sometimes on emergency bases, and deal with the sometimes tricky issue that our paid project manager/architect was also the founding member (and "burning soul") of our group. We made it through and now have a beautiful little urban village with the group very much intact. Everyone is rather burned out with the effort of moving and getting settled in, and we're putting off for awhile the next set of meetings/decisions about reorganizing our committee structure and getting organized for common meals and other aspects of communal life. But the families who have moved in (mine is one of the two still preparing) are ecstatic. We'll be organizing tours eventually for people who want to come see us (already have many people coming through informally), and the East Lake group in Atlanta has looked at our place as they are intensively working right now in designing their project. So let us know if you're coming through Atlanta and want to stop by. Jennifer McCoy Lake Claire Cohousing Atlanta GA jmccoy [at] gsu.edu
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