|10th Anniversary of Cohousing in Madison, WI||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Karen Ecklund (ecklund.karengmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:17:56 -0700 (PDT)|
For immediate release July/August 2009 * * *TEN YEARS OF COHOUSING TO BE CELEBRATED AUGUST 1* *Madison, WI – *The city’s three cohousing communities are joining together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Village Cohousing Community by offering a Cohousing Workshop and Tours that are free and open to the public. The workshop will be held at Madison's newest community Arboretum Cohousing on August 1, 10:00 am to noon, 1137 Erin Street. Self-guided tours of the Village, Arboretum, and Troy Gardens will follow from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Featured speakers include Lou Host-Jablonski, architect at Design Coalition in Madison; Greg Rosenberg, executive director of Madison Area Community Land Trust; and Steve Silverberg, partner at Housing Resource Group. Topics will include the history and models of cohousing, developing a cohousing community, and the challenges and rewards of living in cohousing. Cohousing is a form of cooperative living. It can include individual dwellings, townhouses and apartments. In cohousing, the units are owner-occupied but have the added advantage of community living. Pioneered in Denmark in the 1970s, cohousing caught on in the United States in the late 1980s. There are now several hundred cohousing communities in the U.S. in various stages of development. Most of these communities are self-managed condominium associations. Almost all are intergenerational. Cohousing attracts homebuyers who want to interact frequently with their immediate neighbors. Cohousing started in Madison in 1991 with support from a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Madison. Design Coalition, under the leadership of architect Lou Host-Jablonski, sponsored a series of cohousing workshops, which attracted hundreds of participants. Out of these workshops came several groups interested in developing cohousing. After several years of organizing and searching for property, The Village Cohousing Community acquired a site from Meriter Hospital. Design Coalition developed plans for an 18-unit housing project including two existing houses and three new buildings. Construction was completed in 1999. Troy Gardens Cohousing on Madison’s north side was developed by the Madison Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) on land acquired from the State. Since MACLT's mission is to build affordable housing, twenty of the 32 units meet the criteria. Arboretum Cohousing, completed last year, was built on property purchased from St. Mary's Hospital. As Madison’s largest cohousing community, Arbco’s 40 condos include new multi-family buildings, free-standing houses, three townhouses, and a duplex built by Habitat for Humanity. Amenities include underground parking, community room, some shared meals, guest rooms, and play areas. Community Tours (12:30-2:00 pm) Arboretum Cohousing 1137 Erin Street (between S. Mills and S. Orchard streets) Village Cohousing 1104 Mound Street (between S. Mills and Charter streets) Troy Gardens Cohousing 570 Troy Drive (off Northport Drive near School Road) RSVP requested Call Petra Ressler at 251-8861 or email Art Lloyd at aslloyd [at] mailbag.com Child care available if reserved ahead -end-
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