|Re: Detroit Co Housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:49:14 -0700 (PDT)|
> ...we are in need of assistance related to 'retrofitting an existing > neighborhood' . We have lived in our Detroit, Mi., neighborhood for over > 40 years, and have been renovating houses on our block and adjacent blocks > for the past 25. Because of our 'urban' location, over the years those > interested in cohousing have been reluctant to tackle the issues that go > along with our location. My dream for urban cohousing is a building with commercial space on the first floor, small rental apartments on the next floor, and cohousing on the top two floors and the roof. Urban areas with dense populations need the services commercial spaces allow. In DC we have many people who come to town for 6-12 month internships or certification programs, legislators and staff who are here part time, etc. The opportunity to participate, even minimally in a more home-like environment, I think, would be attractive to many. A home away from home instead of a hotel room. And the extra cost of living in the city would be defrayed by the rental units and commercial spaces. i don’t know if Detroit has or will have the same need for temporary or short term housing but the combination of commercial and residential space would help restore the city as well as provide an interesting space for cohousing. Eastern Village in Silver Spring is a good example of a community built in a former office building. Many opportunities for unique units with sunken living areas and lofts. Very high ceilings. One thing they did was put the various rooms of the commonhouse on different floors -- I think they have five. And seating areas with an overstuffed chair and books creating cozy areas to avoid the long sterile corridors. It presents many more interesting possibilities than building from scratch. Things you would not have thought of until challenged. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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