|FW: Its official - new cohousing forming in Durham, NC (Footpath)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul L. Della Maggiora (paulbarkingdog.us)|
|Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 04:22:59 -0800 (PST)|
Hello everyone - I wanted to provide an update to the last email I sent out. We made the mistake of not fully researching our name before putting the word out, and thus found out from our friends in Colorado that there exists a "River Rock Commons" community. We offer our apologies if we caused any confusion. As with any cohousing issue of this magnitude, it sent our little forming community into a deep and plentiful set of discussions about a different name. We have concensed to Footpath cohousing. Our website is http://footpath.us/, and we've provided an explanation on how we arrived at the name. We've also setup interest email lists and calendars. And yes, I researched whether any other intentional communities have used this name :) Sorry about the confusion, and thanks for your support! -----Original Message----- From: Paul L. Della Maggiora [mailto:paul [at] barkingdog.us] Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:46 AM To: 'Cohousing-L' Cc: 'Gabrielle Charbonnet' Subject: [C-L]_ Its official - new cohousing forming in Durham, NC (River Rock) Hello everyone. We have reached a verbal agreement on the purchase of 18 acres of land in Durham, right next to Eno Commons cohousing. We're very excited about this because as early members of Eno Commons, we have wanted to help preserve the beautiful land between Eno Commons and the Eno river and prevent the hungry McMansion developers from leaving their mark on our pristine view. Gabrielle (my wife) and I will serve as developers for this new cohousing effort. Given the quick availability of the land, we are just now getting our bearings as we organize the details and begin planning. At this point, we have a website (www.riverrockcohousing.org), and are talking with engineers, city folks, builders, and others to determine where we stand. We're quite lucky in that previous developers already prepped the land (city water, city sewer, surveying, rezoning, documented feasibility). The website will always contain the latest updates on our progress. For those of you that are familiar with Eno Commons (www.enocommons.org), we plan on using quite a bit of the designs and approaches for the building of both the physical and communal aspects. We would also like to try out some new ideas and take advantage of recent green technologies that were unfeasible when we built Eno Commons. Tentatively, we are planning 32 houses of three sizes, including smaller single story handicapped accessible houses, 2 story houses similar to Eno Common's "B" style house, and a few larger houses to support shared living or larger families. While we are still looking at what is feasible, we are planning to build a commons house, a work house, a shared garden, paths and trails. We are also trying to facilitate a design that allows all houses to face each other and the commons house. We're just now putting together pro-forma budgets and scouring books and websites and tapping experienced folks to help build out our plan. If you have any advice or thoughts, please let me know, especially helping to build a solid budget. I'm hoping that with good planning, we can prevent any surprise overages and need to go back to community members for money. We are very excited, and already have had tremendous support both from the folks in Eno Commons and others who are interested in helping us get this rolling. We feel lucky to have been part of such a positive experience in Eno Commons and apply what we learned to a new community. Thanks! _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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