Re: Affordable Housing
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:00:19 -0800 (PST)
Hi - I’m Van Deist In Venice, FL, and I’m developing small, wheelchair 
accessible cottages for senior singles and couples. 
I hope to create a “pocket neighborhood “ of 6-10 cottages in which to house 
“Neighborly Neighbors” who agree to be interactive and supportive. 
In building my first model in North Port, FL, I discovered that some zoning 
entities require a “ minimum living area” which basically eliminates the 
smaller cottages which are idea for some singles. Sarasota County does not 
require a minimum living area, but the City of North Port does.
 I’m currently seeking 6-10 contiguous lots in unincorporated Sarasota County 
on which to build 1BR, 1BA, 2BR, 1BA, and 2BR, 2BA cottages of 624 ft2 - 900 
ft2 ranging from $185K - $225K. 
These are smaller, more affordable homes sharing a social interface which helps 
residents combat isolation, give mutual support and share community. 
vandeist [at]
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> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:07 AM, Nancy Baughman Csuti <nancycsuti [at] 
>> wrote:
> @Ty - you said "This has nothing to do with intentionally being unfair -
> it's about
> economics." I'd like to suggest economics has EVERYTHING to do with being
> unfair. Capitalism is built on a foundation of unfairness.
> The rest of your post I agree with 100%. Federal regulations are needed.
> Nancy in Colorado.
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:30 AM Fred-List manager <fholson [at]>
> wrote:
>> Ty Albright <tmalbright [at]>
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>> I can tell you from experience - that most large municipalities prefer
>> large
>> size housing because:  1). Greater real estate tax base - bigger homes pay
>> more in tax.  2). Fewer people that they must provide services to (police,
>> fire, water etc.) - lower cost.
>> This has nothing to do with intentionally being unfair - it's about
>> economics.
>> The only way for overcoming many of the challenges with building lower cost
>> housing in most municipalities is Federal Regulation that would prohibit
>> many of the zoning and regulations that prevent housing choice - and to
>> broaden the mortgage lending industry to be receptive to "non-traditional"
>> construction types (the mortgage industry is locked into the "we only loan
>> money on the same stuff we've been loaning on for the past 50 years -
>> nothing new thank you").
>> Ty
>> Ty Albright Project Management
>> Little Red Hen LLC
>> 214-336-7952
>> tmalbright [at]
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