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Champlain Valley Cohousing (VT) opens

The first residents are moving in to Champlain Valley Cohousing, comprising 14 attached units, 12 individual lots and a 4,500-square-foot common house around a central green. Of the 125 acres of rolling hills and farmland, woods and wetlands, about 116 acres will be preserved and used for farming, gardening and recreational purposes.

Maine community taking next step

Members of the forming Midcoast Cohousing community who have been working diligently for three years on a 37-acre project have submitted their preliminary plan and are preparing for an upcoming public hearing. New members are welcome. For information, visit the Midcoast Cohousing website.

New cohousing community launching near Sacramento (CA)

A beautiful 3.5-acre site atop a gentle hillside has just been secured in Orangevale, CA. Located in a suburban residential area, it is near schools and a grocery store, restaurant and fitness center. The land is very fertile, with many trees and rich soil; the core group envisions edible landscaping, generous common facilities and a swimming pool.

Cohousing concept introduced to Alaska

Nationally acclaimed architect and author Charles Durrett introduced “cohousing” to the Senior Citizens of Kodiak, AK, group in October at their fourth annual Aging Connection Conference, a Senior Housing Community Forum, where many of Kodiak’s caregivers, state housing representatives and nationally recognized innovators are searching for ways to help baby boomers as the nation’s largest generational population begins to cope with what is often called the “golden years.”

Newberry Place (Grand Rapids, MI) celebrates official groundbreaking

After four years of planning and preparation, members of Newberry Place: A Grand Rapids Cohousing Community celebrated their official groundbreaking.

Architect Laura Fitch honored

Cohousing architect Laura Fitch of Kraus-Fitch Architects in Amherst, MA was given the BAC Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Architectural College in November 2006. The primary reason that the nominating committee chose Fitch was what they viewed as her progressive work with cohousing communities.

Several new cohousing projects sail through hearings

March 20, 2007, was a watershed evening for cohousing in California with several hearings around the state: • Wolf Creek Village, a CoHousing Partners project that includes adjacent intergenerational and active adult cohousing communities, passed the Grass Valley Planning Commission on a 4–1 vote; • A subsidized, all rental cohousing project being developed by Affordable Housing Associates in Sebastopol was approved by the Planning Commission’s Design Review; • A very early stage cohousing project for San Juan Batista just received a 5–0 City Council vote to go onto a city-wide ballot (which is a required step for any new development in that town).

Cohousers inhabit a new novel

Rachel King, a long time resident of Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC, is serializing online her newest book, Tales of the District. The novel, set in Washington, D.C., is notable for having three of its characters living in cohousing.

Cohousers visit China

How do some cohousers spend their vacations? Apparently, getting away from it all simply offers another opportunity for community. That's the case with 10 members of Pleasant Hill Cohousing who, together with 10 of their friends and family members, toured China together this summer. To visit the blog about their trip, click here.

Mary's Meadow Cohousing in Estes Park, CO, open for membership

Colorado's newest cohousing site will feature 35 "green-built" and sustainably designed homes with a 6,000 sq. ft. common house and views of the Continental Divide and elk-filled meadows. Developer Jim Tawney, a long-time Estes Park resident and founding member of Mary's Meadow Cohousing, has purchased and secured all approvals on a 5-acre parcel that lies just two miles from the Estes Park town center and a mile from the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The 1 - 4 bedroom homes include free-standing, duplex and quadraplex units with costs ranging from market rate to the more affordable. This will be a multigenerational community with families, singles and those aged 55-plus. Interest in the neighborhood is high, with a 2008 projected move-in. The mountain town of Estes Park (pop. 10,000) is easily accessible from all Colorado Front Range cities and is about 1 to 1-1/2 hours drive from Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley. Visit the website for more information or call 303-413-8066.

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