|Site prep / remediation funding||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:36:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Mary Ellen Meyer <meyer [at] bnin.net> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> Mary Ellen is currently not subscribed to cohousing-L so please send a copy or replies to this thread to her direct. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hello, We have been working on the development and building of what will be the first Cohousing community in Indiana for 7 years now. This is located on brownfield that has been reclaimed and brought to residential use. We have three homes finished and inhabited, two more almost complete, and sixth about to be excavated. This is a small neighborhood of 14 units plus the Common House with all but two lots spoken for. We are situated along a race diverted from the Elkhart River years ago as a power source, no longer used for that. In excavating for one of the lots along the race we discovered that four of those lots are on varying degrees of unstable soil caused by fill that was put in long ago that included cinders that don't absorb water and can't be compacted. This means that we need to use some helical piers and reinforced foundations in order to build the houses designed for those lots. This includes the Common House. This sort of building is not unusual for lakeside lots, for example, but is quite expensive. It goes without saying that our individual owners do not have the resources to pay this additional amount before the cost of their own houses. The city is going to help us with %50, but that leaves about $150,000-$200,000 for us to contribute to get the job done for the four lots. I'm looking for possible funding sources--grants or gifts--that might help us reach that amount. I thought there might be agencies or philanthropists that were committed either to the developing of cohousing communities in the Midwest, of which there are few compared to the coasts, or to the idea of reclaiming land that was previously industrial located close to city centers that can be converted to residential use. More people are looking for housing that is walkable to downtown and other amenities, and ours is a prime location for that. Do you have any ideas? If we could find a committed donor, we could name our Common House for them! Thanks for any help or encouragement, Mary Ellen Meyer
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