Somerville Cohousing Community

Somerville, Alabama, United States

  • Last updated: June 14, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: May 16, 2017

Mission Statement

We are working on a Vision, Values and Mission statement – but so far have agreed that we will work together to create a sense of togetherness while supporting individual needs. We will share resources to lessen financial and environmental impact. We welcome diversity of all kinds. We will work together to create an evolving community which will be flexible for growth and change. We strive for a joyful home full of laugher and friendship.

Community Description

We are forming a community in Somerville on a site that can accommodate approximately 28 units. The property is adjacent to Porter and Davis Squares and about one mile from Harvard Square. The Boston Transit Red Line is available at all three squares and the Green Line extension will be coming to Powder House square – which is a walk away. We will have underground parking and access to the community bike path. There will be some retail spaces that possibly could generate revenue to offset HOA costs. We will have common space and the units will be small to moderate size.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2016
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Carol
  • Phone: 610 220 5500
  • Community Address:
    13 Warwick Avenue
    Corner of Cedar and Warwick on bike path
    Somerville, Alabama, Massachusetts
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 28
  • Planned number of residences: 28
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    We will have a small common house – with at least a living room, dining room and kitchen. There will be underground parking, storage,rooftop gardens and access to a large public bike path that goes from Cambridge to Concord.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    They need to call the above referenced contact person.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Wen are forming an Afflicate Membership category – to change to Equity Membership as the project goes on.

  • Additional Comments:

    We are a new startup – looking for prospects.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We are working now to develop a core group of leadership.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    We would like to eventually require that new members qualify for mortgage loans prior to joining.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: 0%, or close to 0%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet

Additional Comments

We already have the land, the developer, the architect, the approval of the town Alderman, support from the City Planner and cooperation of neighbors. We are hopeful that we can get a core group of burning souls to make this dream come true.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Community Affiliations

None so far

Keywords

Urban, Cohousing, Shared Vision and Values,