|The Village of Wildflowers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:25:28 -0800 (PST)|
WW Gilman, The Village of Wildflowers, Wwgilman [at] aol.com 828 692 8506 is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest and replacing 'digest' subject line. Please only quote material needed for context for your message. Digest subscribers need to also fix subject line. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I am a member of your list, and appreciate the outstanding job you do. I am a seasoned lifestyle developer, and have studied the model that has been created in the US. Unfortunately when the real estate market changes, do to economic conditions beyond our control, it effects everyone. I live in Hendersonville NC and have searched for a group that wanted to create a new community. After several years I found a sincere lack of interest, as the sentiment was simply, there is no money available for this type of project, so why waste time. My enthusiam for this type of life style, and its timelyness for the thousands of people like myself, led me to create a hybrid development model. Thus I visioned and implemented, a plan to create The Villages of Wildflowers. This is a community of five neighborhoods enjoying all the attributes that are found in a true cohousing. My master plan is created around the functioning of a community center, kitchen/dining hall, Coffee House, Community fitness center, and a Lifestyle Coordinator. Other featured aspects are Produce Gardens, walking trails, fish ponds, and Hobby Shops. The most important aspect of living here will be the personal involvement in the socially active lifestyle including operations and management of the community. What I hope to achieve with my model, is to kick start the development of many new communities. Eliminateing the need to select land and try and finance it moves the creation process light years ahead. Sometimes this is the process that impedes any real estate development, even if done by professionals. I have the personal resources to fund this process and have done so in The Villages of Wildflowers. While selecting a future residence is important,I found it also confusing, and therefor am using modular construction for the base dwelling units. These units can be personalized with expansion options. The exterior designs all fall into a simple category with mandatory front porches, landscaped yards and gardens, and appealing colors. The exteriors will all be created to offer the owners, A Cottage in a Mountain Meadow, surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards. Upon purchase of the cottage, the new resident will agree to be part of our community and its activity's will be explained by the Lifestyle Coordinator. Residents will ultimately become part of a coop owning the land and associated structures jointly. I am rapidly creating the documentation including community rules and regulations, and as you can imaging the job is a big one. I solicit the help from anyone that may have an interest in my project. I honestly believe it can be the development model for the rapid expansion of cohousing in America. I love consensus as a way to operate a community but feel it is a great impediment when used as a way to develop residential housing. A recent visit from the creators of a world re known cohousing community were astounded when they saw what I had accomplished in a short time. I had done in six months what it took them six years to accomplish. It is quite simple to me. Find a need and fill it! The AARP as well as others has recognized this need for us. Sad to say,Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth, and is this case when you put consensus into action prior to purchising the dirt. Please send out my request to your mailing list, as I need help in administrative maters. I will be glad to offer my model and personal guidance to anyone that would be interested. Only with each other, can we become stronger in our own community. Assuredly together we can bcome stronger and we can share our lifestyle with the thousands who cant find it in their geographic area. Sincerely, WW Gilman, The Village of Wildflowers, 828 692 8506
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