Re: Need information on Common House use
From: Lisa Kuntz (
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 12:45:06 -0700 (PDT)
CH use, Daybreak Cohousing, Portland Oregon:
For almost 3 months we sanitized our CH daily and use was restricted. Now, we 
ask people to sanitize after they’ve used an area.
Used daily and frequently after 3 month hiatus:
Mailboxes: They are in CH entryway, so residents intersect with one another 
even during COVID.
Computer and printer:  They are are in CH library, used during COVID, but less 
Dining tables: Used during COVID by members setting up machines and sewing 
Used daily and frequently pre-COVID:
Media room with games:  TV watching, piano practice, game playing
Kids’ room: Used daily by kids and grandkids in our intergenerational community.
Bathrooms: 2 handicap accessible bathrooms.
CH dining / gathering area:  Members of North Star Senior Village hosted 
monthly potlucks for our group, as well as small gatherings for other purposes. 
 Our CH is especially valued because of multiple ADA features: auto door 
opener, wide doors, room to maneuver wheelchairs/walkers, accessible kitchen, 
abundant grab bars in bathrooms, elevator to CH level for wheelchair users.
CH in general:  Team meetings are held here every day throughout the week, 
monthly plenary is held here, meals occur several times a month.
Library:  Hanging out, reading, chatting, meetings.

Lisa Kuntz
DB Coho

> On Aug 25, 2020, at 9:04 AM, Barbara Smith via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> I am with Middlesex Senior Co-housing, which hopes to build the region's 
> first senior co-housing development on property we've optioned in Littleton, 
> MA. Our plans are before the Littleton Planning Board and among their 
> questions is: why do we need a common house? (I know -- this does not 
> strictly relate to the zoning bylaw, but we're trying to reassure them in as 
> many ways as possible.) One member maintains that a Common House is "never 
> used". Before the next Planning Board meeting (in a few weeks) I want to 
> present results of a short survey of  co-housing communities' use of their 
> common house. Could anyone out there please help us out by answering a few 
> questions?
> 1. How often is your common house used -- on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?
> 2. For what purposes do people use your common house? (As many uses as 
> possible!)
> Many thanks from all of us in Middlesex Senior Cohousing!Barbara B Smith 
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