|Capital District Cohousing Update||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Heather Sullivan-Catlin (HS9981cnsibm.albany.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 08:29:01 -0500|
Hello, all. Here's an update on the Capital District Cohousing Group in Albany, NY. After 4 and a half years of meetings and land search we have a site!! We also have a new name to reflect the site. We are now Creek's Bend Cohousing. We have just secured an option agreement on a wonderful parcel. It's eleven acres at the edge of the city of Troy, NY. The site is surrounded on three sides by the Poestenkill Creek. The creek is a large one which runs year-round, curves around the parcel in a U shape and is supposed to have a great swimming hole at the bend. The fourth side of the parcel is the road but the parcel sits below the road creating a sense of privacy. Across the road is a cemetery and the land on the other side of the creek is probably undevelopable. So it's a secluded, wooded rural-feeling site but it is also in a city! The site is just minutes away from the public schools, two colleges (Russell Sage and RPI), a downtown with many excellent restaurants and a famous concert hall (Troy Savings Bank Music Hall), a Hudson riverfront park, and more. The community itself will have 24 units in attached groupings, a large common house, a community garden and more. We foresee few problems with the approval process as one of our members used to be on the Troy Planning Board and she and her husband (an architect) have already had some conversations with Troy officials who they say are excited about the idea. We are in the process of setting up a voice-mail system and when I have the number I will post it. As you can imagine the outreach committee is jumping into action. We are currently at 4 households and have a long way to go. As I have mentioned on this list before, I am a doctoral student writing my dissertation on cohousing. Knowing that I will most likely have to move next year for a job, and having a lot of work ahead in writing this dissertation, I have reluctantly pulled out of the group. However, I have agreed to stay on as the Internet connection. SO I will post new info as it becomes available and act as an electronic contact person, passing info requests onto the Outreach committee. So, wish us(them) luck. It will be a long haul but we're very excited about this site and hopefully we will soon have some new members to help build the dream. Heather Sullivan-Catlin Creek's Bend Cohousing (formerly Capital District Cohousing) hs9981 [at] cnsibm.albany.edu
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