Flower City Cohousing Community

Rochester, New York, United States

  • Last updated: July 31, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 7, 2015

Mission Statement

Flower City Cohousing Community (FC3) is an intentional cohousing community in an urban setting which values the sharing of resources, sustainability, and simplicity. We are committed to cooperation, consensus building, and diversity. In the larger community, we strive to be a socially and ecologically responsible neighbor.

Community Description

Flower City Cohousing Community is in Rochester, New York. On the southern shore of Lake Ontario, we are a 3-hour drive from Toronto and 65 minutes from Niagara Falls. Our goal is to live together in a multigenerational, urban community by 2018. We meet regularly for social events and, as a whole group and in committees, to develop our community. Our members include educators, retirees, business owners and artists.
• We value sharing resources, sustainability and simplicity.
• We are committed to cooperation, consensus building and diversity.
• In the larger community, we strive to be socially and ecologically responsible neighbors.

We are committed to living in or near Rochester on a 1-2 acre site with 20-30 housing units. Our community will include duplex/town homes and a 3-story building containing condo units and common house facilities. Housing units will range from studios to 3 bedrooms, each with a full kitchen, bathroom(s) and living room. The common house will include a large kitchen and multi-use room suitable for community dinners and meetings, as well as shared tool and equipment space, laundry room, guest room and play area for children. We are a supportive community and anticipate including design features that enable residents of diverse abilities and ages to thrive.

Our community will be located in a remarkable region noted for its outstanding arts and culture (including the Strong Museum of Play, Garth Fagan Dance, GEVA Theater, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rochester International Jazz Festival), 17 colleges and universities, quick access to the world-class Finger Lakes Wine Country, excellent health care and many growing high-tech or health-related businesses.

We welcome people of diverse ages (including children), abilities, sexual orientations and ethnic/racial backgrounds who would like to join us as we identify a site and plan our community.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes, studios to 3-4 bedrooms in size
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Will aim to be as ecologically sound as possible, perhaps with some alternatives to be chosen by each unit depending upon what they can afford.


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    contact either of our co-coordinators, Jane Ellen Bleeg, 585-315-2406 or Kathi Albertini, 585-461-1353.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    After a group or individual orientation session, inquirers can participate in activities for up to 4 months, and then must become either an Associate Member or Equity Member to continue. Associate members pay a one-time $250 fee and can participate in all activities except consensus decision-making for up to 6 months. Equity members commit to purchasing a unit, pay periodic assessments, and can participate in all activities.

  • Additional Comments:

    We are committed to developing a multi-generational community that welcomes and meets the needs of members of all ages.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We use a consensus model that enables initial blocking, but then includes a process that takes place over several weeks to address the concerns of blockers, and move forward even if those concerns are not able to be fully addressed. We are exploring whether at some point we might want to move to Dynamic Governance (sociocracy), but so far modified consensus works well for us.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Associate members pay a one-time fee of $250; full equity members pay varying assessments depending upon the expected expenses for the coming months as we work to devvelop our community.

Sustainability Practices


  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Since we do not yet live together in community, many of these questions will be addressed at a later date.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US


urban, sustainability, cooperation, diversity, multigenerational