|Re: Building modifications||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 10:14:44 -0700 (PDT)|
Carolyn Dyer <cdyer1621 [at] gmail.com> who started this thread on May 19, 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 restoring subject line. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. NOTE: Digest subscribers can make replying easier by using "auto folders" particularly Gmail and Outlook users. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q6.5 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Thanks for the comments here and the extternal communications. To clarify the situation at Prairie Hill, it is being built as half the units in a 2- or 4-unit building have been subscribed for. Construction has necessarily extended over 3 years so far and will continue at least another year. Because of steep terrain and a couple of building styles each is designed by our architect separately, although many elements are repeated in the designs. . Instead of bulk purchases of materials which would not be possible without a warehouse to store materials, we have 2 levels of finishes and substantial discounts negotiated with a set of vendors.Owners pay what construction costs, including costs of land purchase, site development, engineering, architecture, and similar so-called soft costs for each unit. As material prices have gone up, so have building costs. When folks sell their homes, the price will be based on cost plus appreciation. Our condo fees are apportioned with half based on the size of the home and half divided by the number of units. Members agreed to this formula and are comfortable with it. This model of development may not work for other communities, but it has worked for us. The modifications folks are proposing are, for example, screening in existing porches, reasonable after-market modifications in mosquito country., or extending patios with additional hard surfaces. Owners will maintain these non-community extras.
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