Iowa City Cohousing is developing a green cohousing community of 36 units on a 7.8 acre infill site in a city of 70,000. We have final city approval of our site plan, architectural drawings of our units and expect to break ground in the spring of 2016. Our development, called Prairie Hill, is located on bus lines about a mile from the University of Iowa and downtown Iowa City. There are numerous restaurants and businesses within walking distance of the community. Our architect has designed our common house, which will include four apartments for sale, and a mix of single-story townhouses, two-story duplexes and fourplexes, or stacked flats, with two units up and two down. Nearly four acres of our site has been reserved for gardens, prairie, and open space. Committed to being a diverse, inclusive community, we are especially interested in attracting families with school-age children. Iowa City Cohousing has been awarded grants, tax credits and zero-interest loans to build some affordable workforce homes and to support sustainable stormwater management practices on our site. Current members have skills in design, housing finance, green building, landscape architecture, mediation, marketing, electrical engineering and more.
Iowa City ranks high in many national ratings of desirable communities, including 9th best place to live in America, according to the 2016 Livability.com index. It has top-ranked public schools, a world-class university hospital and a VA hospital, a thriving arts and entertainment culture, and Big Ten sports. It is the only UNESCO City of Literature in the United States. Iowa City and the University of Iowa have silver ratings as a bicycle-friendly community and university, respectively, by the League of American Bicyclists.
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