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One of the best ways to find out more about cohousing is to visit existing cohousing communities. A day tour can allow you to see several communities—to look at how different communities use the spaces they’ve designed, to meet and talk with residents about community life in their neighborhoods, and to glimpse the ways communities work. To find out more, consider the upcoming tour of Western Massachusetts cohousing communities, scheduled for May 22.
Besides broadening your understanding of what it means to live in such a community, this tour has an added benefit: visiting at least one existing cohousing community is one of several requirements for membership in Green Haven (and it’s a requirement for membership in many other cohousing communities as well). Becoming a member of Green Haven is a multistage process that, by intention, takes a while to complete. Don’t let that trip to a cohousing community be the undone step that delays your progress. If you are interested in joining Green Haven, this would be a good time to start.
We are now moving rapidly towards acquiring a property and designing our community, so we’re actively working to expand our membership. Whether you are just exploring the idea of cohousing in general or you know for sure you want to join us, a visit to a few communities will be a great next step.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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Our design committee assembled a list of architects meeting basic screening criteria and then met to winnow that list down to a manageable number of firms with the appropriate characteristics. Last week we sent out requests for qualifications (RFQs) to eleven firms. The committee will review their responses and select the top few firms to interview. After conducting the interviews, the committee will recommend that one or two of the firms meet with the membership before a final selection is made. We should have an architecture and engineering team on board in a matter of weeks. Stay tuned.
Posted by Dick Margulis at Tuesday, April 06, 2010