Re: Need information on Common House use
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:19:04 -0700 (PDT)
Oh and I forgot the weekly yoga class.  It’s hard to keep track of the many and 
various ways we use our common house.
Swans Market Cohousing
Oakland, CA

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> On Aug 26, 2020, at 1:16 PM, fergyb2 <fergyb2 [at]> wrote:
>    Pre Covid-19 our Common House was used daily.  We held common dinners 3 
> times a week.  Several people used the space to work on Ph.D and volunteer 
> projects during weekdays because they could spread out their materials on the 
> large tables and for companionship.  Our HOA meetings and committee meetings 
> (Of which there are many) were held  in the Common  House before we had to 
> switch to zoom.  Community celebrations such as birthday parties, 
> anniversaries, graduation parties, baby showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, 
> music concerts, memorials, political meetings such as the league of women 
> voters and candidate speaking nights, business meetings such as the small 
> business association and various work groups, census leader meetings, etc. 
> Christmas cookie decorating, pumpkin carving Halloween parties, New Years Tea 
> (an annual tradition), community Thanksgiving potluck, Fourth of July party, 
> cooking projects such as large scale cookie making or canning, Board Game 
> potluck events.  Large puzzles put together over multiple days/nights, 
> MahJong, CORE trainings (CORE stands for Communities of Oakland Respond to 
> Emergencies the local version of CERT), annual Earthquake preparedness 
> exercise, monthly massage day when a masseuse comes in and sets up in our 
> common space and members can sign up to get a massage for cheaper than usual 
> rates, and of course there is our well used laundry room, exercise room, 
> guest bedroom for when family or friends come to visit, and Our workshop 
> where numerous craft and work projects are conducted, also coffee roasting.   
>      This doesn’t even count the daily use of the kids room which might not 
> be relevant to your project. 
> Hope this helps.  Best of luck.
>   Bonnie Fergusson
> Swans Market Cohousing
> Oakland, CA
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>> On Aug 26, 2020, at 7:21 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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