Re: Re: Carports
From: fabers (
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 07:00:02 -0800 (PST)
One other note on carports/garages:

At Newberry Place we will be building carports and garages. However, we will have an agreement that carports and garages must be able to park a car, and cannot be used exclusively for storage. Otherwise that car will take an open space somewhere else.


On Jan 11, 2006, at 6:18 AM, Juniperjojo [at] wrote:


At Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we initially planned to have
one covered parking space (in our case, a garage) for every household.
Ultimately, however, we did *not* build one garage per unit. This was driven entirely by the cost of the garages, which would have been borne (one way or the other) by individuals. (There was also an ancillary issue with a single attached garage that had been architected for the needs of a specific individual, who later withdrew from the community. This led to changes later in the design for the household who later purchased that individual's house, and did *not* want an attached garage. Ultimately, that bank of five garages did not get built at

As we were concerned about keeping all of our prospective members during development, the prospect of losing people due to unit pricing was real. Several households opted out of garages for reasons having to do (primarily) with cost.

In my opinion, this was a mistake. It will be logistically difficult to build more garages in the future. Site drawings will need to get approval through the township, which costs money. This necessitates that all additional garages be built at once, or those costs would be borne by a single owner, which would make the cost of the single garage prohibitive for most people. Further, uncovered parking spaces would be reduced, which will reduce our already modest available surface parking. (One garage space = 1.5 surface parking spaces.)

However, to answer your question, we *did* opt to build 4 of 5 planned garage buildings, even though there was not a household for every garage built. Then, at the time of move-in, some households did "purchase" (yes, Sharon, ours are built on limited common elements) additional garages. Some households use both garages for their own vehicles; others rent one of their garages to other

There are still other households who now would like a garage, but cannot get one because of the above challenges. I think that if we were to put this to the consensus process now, in hindsight, we would have built one covered garage per unit, and found a creative way to deal with folks who couldn't afford to
purchase a garage for themselves at the time of move-in.

Hope that helps.

Jenny Cook
Great Oak Cohousing
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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