Re: Cohousing failures
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 05:01:55 -0700 (MST)
Congrats to all of you on your presentation and success in jumping that
hurdle!  We are all delighted when a cohousing group moves forward so
dramatically.  And congrats on your pick of using Heartbeat Cities!  Using
professionals DOES pay off!

Ann Z.

> --
> Hello, all,
> We, at Hundredfold Farm, just presented our concept sketch to the township
> planning commission, and we have been recommended to go before the board
> supervisors. This was a giant first hurdle! We really wowed 'em with slide
> shows, overhead projectors and highly detailed scale model, presented by
> project manager, Robert Heaps of Heartbeat Cities. Other presentations
> given by our water/septic engineers, surveyor and the lawyer who will be
> drawing up our homeowners association documents.
> However, one commissioner sat with a frown on her face the entire time,
> saying she was worried that if the project fails, the township will get
> stuck maintaining our community infrastructure.
> I would like to know if there are any cases of cohousing communities that
> have "failed" after move-in. Are there any other statistics on success
> rates? And, is there any information on waiting lists for existing or
> developing communities, etc., that would bolster our case?
> I would greatly appreciate any information on this.
> P.S. The article w/photo about our presentation can be seen at Gettysburg
> Times online edition:
> Marya Tipton
> Hundredfold Farm
> Orrtanna, PA
> A Place to Grow!
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