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Delaware Street Commons
United States
Delaware Street Commons
1222 Delaware St
Lawrence, Kansas 66044 United States
Address Status:
Good as of 8/19/2010
info [at] delaware-street [dot] com
Rich Minder
Lawrence, Kansas United States
Address Status:
Good as of 8/19/2009

We are Delaware Street Commons, a growing community where residents feel comfortable to be who they are and children are happy in a loving, healthy environment.

Nestled in the heart of America, Lawrence, Kansas, is a cultural oasis fostering an emerging mini-renaissance. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, Lawrence, Kansas, is among the top twelve cites in the country with the largest percentage of professional artists in the work force.

ďItís a city that just doesnít taste like the rest of KansasÖPour in a liberal helping of college students and faculty from all over the world. Season with a growing core of biosciences researchers, artists, and professional musicians who work and study at the university. Zest the mix with live music, art galleries, nationally known musicians, dancers, actors, and singers."

With such cultural diversity, one of the public middle schools has children from over forty countries in attendance.

Delaware Street Commons is just a short walk along lovely tree-lined neighborhoods and over brick streets to the artsy, vibrant downtown. Here youíll find a slew of parks, water play areas, a library, the post office, shops for all interests, bakeries, farmerís markets, and many ongoing festivals. And just minutes away by car or bike, hundreds of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and swimming await you.

Delaware Street Commons is a cohousing community of 21 energy efficient attached homes that are individually owned or rented. Members share the amenities, which include outdoor garden space and grounds on two acres, a 2200-sq-ft Common House with a large kitchen and dining room, childrenís play area, laundry facilities, exercise room, great room, and meeting space. Residents support the community by working together to maintain the common areas.

We are a mix of singles, families, and retirees who value a strong sense of community. We enjoy spontaneous, informal social interactions as well as community gatherings for potlucks, celebrations, house concerts by local musicians, or sometimes just a quiet evening hanging out by the fire and playing a game of Scrabble. Our neighborhood offers a healthy blend of community and personal privacy. We invite you to consider growing with us at Delaware Street Commons.

Former/Other Names:
Lawrence Cohousing
Community Affiliations:
Network Affiliations:
Coho/US Fellowship for Intentional Community
Last Updated:
Visitors Accepted
Visitor Process:
Visitors are welcome at all community events, especially Wednesday and Sunday evening suppers. Our community calendar is available at our website. Please call or send an email.
Cohousing Details
Cohousing Status:
(Homes periodically for sale or rent. Please call.)
Year Completed:
(Moved in June 2007)
2.2 acres (0.9 hectares)
(Lots of room for green space and gardens!)
Number of Units:
21 new two and three bedroom townhouses; one pre-existing older house
Square Feet in Common House:
(Our Common House features a large community room, ample kitchen, kids' space, living room with fireplace, an exercise room and a laundry room. We also have a large community garden and are planning a workshop space.)
Kirk Gastinger of Gastinger Walker Harden Architects, Kansas City, Missouri Kirk is wonderful to work with!
We are self developed. Three households purchased the land as an LC, and later six households took out a construction loan.
Commercial Lender:
First State Bank, Lawrence Kansas A bridge loan was provided by Sunrise Credit Union of Colorado.
56 (Fully occupied, but homes for sale and rent available periodically.)
Non-Member Residents:
Open to new members:
Decision Making:
By consensus
Identified Leader:
Leadership Core Group:
Yes (Rotating Steering Committee)
Labor and Money
Financial Style:
Members have independent finances
Labor Contribution:
Expected (Maintenance of the community is the members' responsibilty)
Join Fee:
Yes (Membership is home ownership or rental.)
Regular Fees:
Yes (Monthly homeowners association dues or rent)
Land and Buildings
Small Town (urban infill in established neighborhood)
Land Owners:
The community
No. of Residences:
23 (21 new townhomes, 2 homes in renovated building)
Food, Etc.
% Food Grown:
Shared Meals:
2-5 times/week (Potluck dinner on Sunday evenings and Simple Supper on Wednesday evenings)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual (Vegetarian options are available at common meals.)
Dietary Practice:
Alcohol Use:
Used occasionally
Tobacco Use:
Seldom used (Prohibited in common house)
Social Factors
Common Spiritual Practices:
No (We have no common spiritual path, but we are open to seekers on all paths.)
Which Spiritual Traditions:
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
Educational Style(s):
(Many schooling options available in community. Schooling decisions are up to parens.)
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