Flower City Cohousing Community
Rochester, New York, United States
- Last updated: July 31, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: January 7, 2015
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.
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.
- Status: Forming
- Started Planning: 2012
- Start Living Together: 2019
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.flowercitycohousing.org
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RocCohousing/%20
- Contact Name: Jane Ellen Bleeg; Kathi Albertini
- Phone: 585-315-2406; 461-1353
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Location: Urban
- 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.
- 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