As written during visioning workshop facilitated by Kraus-Fitch Architects November 17, 2013We intend to create a cohousing community that fosters group cohesiveness and serendipitous social interaction between neighbors.We envision a community in the Boston’s Metro North area with a small-town character and an emphasis on beauty in both architecture and landscape.We value a balance between the private and the shared, with individually-owned homes supplemented by extensive common facilities and shared green space.We seek a diverse, multi-generational community with residents who are eager to participate in both design and governance.We promote an environment that encourages social serendipity:
We will design our community to facilitate unplanned socializing.
We aim to build a community which enables a natural and easy transition from private space to shared community space.We strike a balance between private lives and community needs:
We prioritize the needs of the individual in private spaces, and the needs of thecommunity in public spaces.
We respect the privacy of the home.
Our community will make space for both privately owned homes and shared common facilities.
We promote a cohesive community:
We think of our community as a family of choice.
We plan to have community meals on a regular basis.
Our members enrich each other through exchange of knowledge, shared projects, and hobbies.
Our community shares in music and celebration.
Our community is defined by our care and respect for one another and for our common spaces.
We foster participation in our community:
We follow an efficient consensus-based decision making model.
We promote good communication and conflict resolution.
We encourage our members to participate in the design process.
We plan to welcome participation of renters in community governance.
We promote diversity in our community:
Our community will be inclusive to people of different social, economic, generational, and racial backgrounds, as well as all sexual orientations and gender identities.
We will provide a range of unit sizes and prices.
We will strive for cost efficiency for individual units.
We will provide accessibility to differently abled people.
We promote sustainability in our community:
We support an ecologically sustainable lifestyle.
We strive for energy efficiency in our community buildings.
We will reduce redundancy by sharing selected resources and costly equipment. (We are not an income-sharing community.)
We strive to reduce fuel use through car sharing and a bike-friendly atmosphere.
We picture a small-town character:
We strive for a warm and welcoming atmosphere for both residents and guests.
Our community will be a safe and nurturing environment in which to raise children.
Our ideal community size is 20-30 units.
Some or all units will have immediate access to outdoors (private entrances).
We will use landscaping and architecture to create a peaceful captive green space full of natural beauty.We intend to place our community in a convenient location:
Our community will have access to quality public schools.
The commuting time to Park Street station will be under 1 hour.
Our community will be within one mile of regular public transit.
Our community will have easy access, by foot or bicycle, to basic services and downtown areas.
Our community will be within biking distance to conservation land (if possible).