|A Rare Opportunity for New Urban Cohousing in the San Francisco Bay Area||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marty Maskall (mmaskallpacbell.net)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 08:49:10 -0700 (PDT)|
----- Original Message ----- From: The Cohousing Association of the United States To: mmaskall [at] pacbell.net Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 9:10 PM Subject: A Rare Opportunity for New Urban Cohousing in the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday, October 8, 2006 A Rare Opportunity for New Urban Cohousing in the San Francisco Bay Area After seven or eight years of fruitless attempts to find an appropriate site for a new cohousing group, some members of the East Bay Cohousing umbrella group have located a wonderful site in North Oakland's Temescal neighborhood - partnering with a local development team to build a 27- to 30-unit new community just north of where Claremont and Telegraph intersect. North Oakland Cohousing should be completed and ready to move into during the first quarter of 2009. This is a rare opportunity to be part of the first East Bay cohousing community to be developed in six years, and it is likely to be the last one for a long time to come. Cohousers who join at the beginning stage will be able to select unit sizes and prices. Group members are currently negotiating with the developers to offer a price reduction for early members. Forthcoming Events Experienced facilitator Eris Weaver, of Frog Song Cohousing (Cotati), will lead a day-long group-building workshop for the community on Sunday October 15, integrating new and existing members. Call or email Jenny Guy for details about the group and workshops (510-843-3239; jenstermeister [at] gmail.com. Child care can be provided if you need it. Contact Karen Hester for details about the neighborhood (510-654-6346; karen [at] hesternet.net. Chuck Durrett will lead a two-day common house workshop on November 4-5 for members who have had group-process training, have attended two general meetings including this workshop, and have a mortgage prequalification letter or proof of likely acceptance by Oakland's First Time Homebuyer program. About the Community and the Site . The community now consists of 12 households, a mixture of singles, couples, and child-raising families. . This is a 5-story urban infill site, including a ground-floor garage and retail space. . Lead architects are Tom Dolan of Tom Dolan Architects (www.live-work.com) and Chuck Durrett of the Cohousing Company (www.cohousingco.com) - who coincidentally are old friends. . Green building practices will be emphasized throughout the design. . Design and size of the units and the common house will be determined by the group, in workshops with the architects; individual units are likely to range from studio apartments to 3-4 bedrooms, with common space for community meals, outdoor patios, children's play, guests, laundry, and workshop. Neighborhood The site is centrally located in Temescal, midway between downtown Berkeley and downtown Oakland along a transit corridor, and near freeways. It is a 10-minute walk from the Rockridge BART station and close to the Rockridge and Temescal shopping districts, and across the street from the historic Temescal Library and the new year-round Temescal Farmer's Market. Learn more about cohousing by visiting the Cohousing Assoctiation of the United States' website at www.cohousing.org. The group's website, in development, is www.northoaklandcohousing.org. If you would like to change your communication preferences or would like to be removed from the mailing list, please visit your Member Console. You can also be removed from the mailing list by replying to this message and typing "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
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