Re: Affordable Unit Lotteries
From: Mac & Sandy Thomson (
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 14:37:19 -0600 (MDT)
I believe that the entire cohousing neighborhood in Aspen (Common Ground?)
was built as an affordable, employee housing project.  We visited them about
5 years ago so my memory is somewhat vague.  I recall that they sold units
that would normally go for about $300K in the Aspen market for about $100K.
Needless to say, the units were very popular and I believe they used a

My impression when I visited was that there wasn't a real strong sense of
community.  Perhaps that was because folks' primary intention of living
there wasn't a strong sense of community, but rather, low cost housing.

- Mac

> Diane Simpson wrote:
>> Hi everyone in coho-land!
>> The City of Boston requires any developments of 10 or more houses
>> to have 10% affordable units.  The way the city likes to deal with
>> the affordable units is by having a lottery for them drawn from
>> a city-wide pool of applicants. Are there any other cohousing
>> groups who had to go through a similar process and did the
>> results work or not work for you?
>> --Diane Simpson(:^]
>>    Jamaica Plain Cohousing, Boston Massachusetts

Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing

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