An Intentional Neighborhood
Ours will be an intentional neighborhood with people we can celebrate with in good times and can count on in hard times. We intend to live cooperatively and sustainably, sharing resources as we care for each other and the environment. Why have 26 lawnmowers when you can share 1? Combining the autonomy of private homes with the advantages of community living in a ‘’resident friendly” setting, we plan to create a socially and environmentally sustainable lifestyle. This is the neighborhood design that has been approved by the town of Ridgway.
When designing this cohousing community we have come up with a plan the group feels excited about and proud of. Working with our local architectural firm, Conterra Workshop, we have envisioned a neighborhood of 26 units, anchored by the Common House. Units will be designed as duplexes, with thought towards energy saving balanced with privacy and unique views. 6 of the smaller units will be placed over garages. The rest of the garages are on the edges of the neighborhood. It is traditional within cohousing to minimize vehicle traffic. Carports will also be available for those who wish to purchase one for a second car. The central parkway will be accessible for moving vans and emergency vehicles. The landscape will generally be xeroscape, with plenty of opportunity for gardening for the gardners in the group. A workshop and bicycle racks will be additional amentities within the neighborhood. We have formed a Limited Liability Company in which members own their own homes and all collectively own the land and the common house.
So where are we exactly? Since we do not have an address quite yet, you will have to use a bit of imagination. Using the map below, we own the unmarked open space that is South of Sherman, East of Railroad St. and Cimmarron Coffee and Books, West of the Adobe Inn and Alpine Bank, and (mostly) North of Cottowood Creek. The land actually continues south of Cottonwood (the creek that you see branching off of the Uncompahgre) and we will be building a bridge across the culvert. If it is hard to visualize, not to worry - come for a visit and tour of the land and we can show you where the homes will be.