|Re: The Future of Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Patricia Buddemeyer (buddematt.net)|
|Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 17:04:38 -0800 (PST)|
> This is an unprecedented opportunity for the > cohousing model to take its 20+ years of experience > and apply it to creating models for affordable, > rental and lower income housing that is so > urgently needed in this country We're trying something here in Pittsburgh that we hope will be a model for affordable urban retro-fit cohousing. We're working with a non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) that bought a 7-unit row house in foreclosure in a "challenged" neighborhood (only three blocks from where I live now). Four households are buying units, and making plans to do a lot of the rehab work ourselves. The CDC will hold and rent the remaining units -- to people interested in cohousing, or not -- until we can find buyers for those units who are interested in cohousing. The CDC is also buying the small single-family detached house around the corner and right behind the row, and they own or are negotiating with the City to acquire vacant parcels adding up to about 1/3 acre adjacent to the row house (and each other) for us to purchase and use as outdoor common space. We're too small a group now to be able to afford a common house. The rest of the block is pretty blighted -- two vacant, six-unit apartment buildings, one fixable and one needing to be torn down, one occupied six-unit apartment building, and two other six-unit row houses. The CDC is working on acquiring those properties, as well, and has expressed willingness to work with us to expand our intentional community all the way around the block. The block next door is a City high school that is being closed at the end of this school year. One of the best magnet high schools in the City, the Obama International Baccalaureate Program, is supposed to go in there next year or the year after. We see ourselves as riding the crest of a wave of significant improvement in this neighborhood, but we don't want to push the long-term residents out nor gentrify the area. We want to keep it affordable for ourselves, too (in Pittsburgh, for middle class folks like ourselves, that's under $100k; new construction runs around $250k). At this point, we're negotiating with the CDC to replace the roof on the row houses with a membrane material that will allow us to harvest rainwater for the garden. We have a grant and are working with Pittsburgh Permaculture to design and plant a food forest as well as traditional vegetable/herb/flower gardens, and we're talking about sharing food and celebrations with our new neighbors. It's very exciting at this visioning stage. In the real world, we have signed sales agreements, have a landscape architect to help us plan the green space, and big dreams. A couple of us have submitted a proposal for a workshop at the cohousing conference, and I hope to meet many of you there. We'll see in five months how far we've gotten toward realizing our dreams. In the meantime, this is a discussion thread I'm most interested in being part of. pat buddemeyer Borland Green Urban Ecovillage Pittsburgh, PA http://BorlandGreen.wordpress.com (the blog is still very new and pretty thin, but I'm working on it) "Nothing we do changes the past, but everything we do changes the future."
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- Re: The Future of Cohousing Patricia Buddemeyer, February 5 2011
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