Re: Daybreak Cohousing Submits for Permit
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 03:04:27 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Terri and all Daybreakers --

Congrats on submitting your plans for your permits! This is a VERY big step. But what's even more remarkable is that you've managed to raise $1 million from just 12 households. And two of your units will be rentals. That's extraordinary!

You'll see as you take each step that finding folks for the remaining houses will get easier -- although you can never let up on the marketing push. As Zev Paiss says: the people you want are out there looking for you. And I finish that thought w/: you have to let them know where you are!

Just another item I note in your email -- waiting four - six months for the permits ... And people wonder why development costs so much ... amazing isn't it?

Please keep us updated w/ the latest news from your community. Sharing milestones is one of the great pleasures of being on this list!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Principal, The Cohousing Collaborative
McLean, VA

Direct #  202 291-7892
FAX 202 291 8594

On Jul 22, 2007, at 2:58 AM, Terri Huggett wrote:

Daybreak Cohousing is excited to share another cohousing moment! While the 'rest' of the world seems to think it's all just another minor milestone, we're aching to revel with all of you that we've made another big step.

We submitted our design plans to the city of Portland for permits on June 19, 2007!!!! Since we are not requesting changes to the zoning code or
variances, we had a simple review of our plans with the neighborhood
association in April and have no other requirements. We anticipate a wait
of four to six months to receive the permits.

We're now making the big push to get our construction loan.  We have a
letter of interest from the bank that holds our property loan and we're sending out RFPs to more banks. In the meantime, we continue to work on our
membership, equity, and community building.

Almost half of the community is committed to-date. Twelve units out of our total of thirty. Members are purchasing two of these to make available as rental units. We've raised almost $1 million dollars to-date. Most of that has gone to the property and pre-development expenses. We estimate we have
roughly $500k to $1 million to go to meet bank requirements for our
construction loan.  We are shooting for the higher number.

Besides all the project frenzy, the community has participated in 2
visioning sessions and a consensus workshop as a whole. 4 community members participated in a 3-day Dynamic Facilitation workshop this spring. We held our annual (2nd now) picnic with wacky games and celebrated 4 birthdays. And we're going on a FUN community retreat to Lost Valley at the end of September. And much more happens between all the team activities than can be

We expect to begin construction in March 2008 and move-in by early- mid 2009.

Terri Huggett
Daybreak Cohousing
Portland, OR

'Where so many things are happening every hour, let alone every day, my mind
spins.  I can't wait to live together and slow down a little.'

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