|Required public use of common house||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Katie Henry (katie-henryatt.net)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:07:58 -0700 (PDT)|
A beautiful old private clubhouse in northern NJ just came on the market. In addition to various meeting rooms and private quarters, it's got a large full kitchen and a ballroom with a stage that is available to the community for nonprofit functions and to the public for rental for weddings and similar events. Much of the clubhouse, including the kitchen and the ballroom/dining room, could be used as a common house pretty much unchanged. The dwelling units would be new construction on adjacent land. Most conventional development on this site would involve tearing down the existing building. I think the sellers would be more inclined to sell to a buyer who would commit to preserving the building and keeping the public spaces available to the local nonprofits who have always used the club. I also think the local municipality would look more favorably on requests for zoning variances (which would be necessary for a cohousing community, because now it's only zoned for about 15 units; need more like 22). So my question is ... How would people feel about joining a cohousing project that included a legal commitment to make parts of the common house (most likely the kitchen and ballroom/dining room) available to specified local groups at regular intervals? (Maybe once or twice a month max, although it might be mostly end-of-year holiday functions.) Cleaning concerns could be dealt with by charging a standard cleaning fee for each use and contracting with an outside cleaning service so it's not a burden on the community. I know that public use of the common house is a hot-button topic. Would this be completely unacceptable to anyone? A real deal-breaker? Katie Henry
- Required public use of common house Katie Henry, August 18 2010
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