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Granville CoHousing: An opportunity for more sustainable living.

Granville CoHousing: An opportunity for more sustainable living.

Granville CoHousing? Come to a meeting to learn more about it!

A group interested in building a Granville cohousing community is now
forming. It will be a 30-to-40 unit residential community characterized by
sustainability and affordability. It will be multi-generational, embracing
kids and grandparents and everyone in between. Granville Cohousing is based
on values of neighborliness, diversity, and respect for the lives and goals
of others.
* What – Introductory meeting for cohousing in Granville
* When – 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
* Where – Granville Public Library Community Room
* More information – 740-403-6399 or e-mail:

Below is a recent story in the The Newark Advocate about this new

A new kind of neighborhood concept is springing up in locations across the
country, and the waters for such an endeavor are being tested in Granville.
A group interested in building a “cohousing” community, one characterized by
clustered, town or row houses and managed by its residents, of all ages, is
hosting an introductory meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18.

There is no property yet acquired or a location targeted for the
neighborhood. It is hoped that close proximity to downtown Granville is one
of its assets.
Gerald Griffin, of Granville, who along with Judith Thomas and Lynn
Robertson have been studying the approach, hopes that before long there will
be such an undertaking here. Griffen registered Granville Cohousing, LLC,
with the Ohio Secretary of State office in 2006.

“It has to be designed. It has to be financed.” Griffin, of 4 Shepperd
Place, said. “We will not go into the ground until people are committed, and
make it a financeable project.” The group envisions the neighborhood, which
they said would be similar to a condominium community, with 35 to 45 homes.
“There’s a certain natural size, and that seems to be it,” Griffin said.
“Small enough to know everybody, not too large to become unmanageable.”
“Physically, it’s likely to be in a smaller space than you might expect,” he
said, describing the setting as child- and pedestrian-friendly with no cars
inside it, allowing “space for people to play.”

“I think of cohousing as an intentional community in a condo-like setting,”
Robertson said. There are not yet cost figures available if the project
becomes reality. “I think you have to talk in terms of a market,” Griffin
said. “Part of our goal is to create a circumstance that is affordable. In
terms of price, it is not a high end project.” A pamphlet promoting the idea
describes cohousing as “an attempt to move away from the suburban
environment of large, single-family houses,” instead aiming “to create a
small village or neighborhood where everyone knows everyone else and
interacts with them nearly every day.” “It’s a move away from the very large
houses with protrusions all over the place, into much smaller square
footage, but designed in a way that feels spacious,” Thomas said. “Where
spaces are flexible and can be used in many ways,” Robertson added. There
would be a variety of occupants – families with children, singles and
couples without kids, retirees, residents with home-based businesses and
artists and artisans, the pamphlet envisions. As for who lives in a
cohousing neighborhood, Griffin said, “They nominate themselves.” Thomas
said she wishes the concept had been available when she was raising her own

“Cohousing I would have jumped at, at the time,” she said. “It would have
given my children connections they didn’t have.” Although each living unit
would have its own kitchen, Thomas said, a common area, especially for
dining, could be an integral part of the community. “Every cohousing project
we’ve become aware of seems to find the common meals an important kind of
way to get together,” she said. “It’s a very, very central part of this
whole concept,” Griffin said. “It’s one of the ways, physically, you can
reduce the amount of living space (you need).”

Griffin said the property would be managed by the group as well, with
responsibilities divvied up. “You don’t need 10 lawnmowers. You only need
one,” he said for one example. “I think as a community we’ll be learning
about how to make decisions in a substantial group,” he said of the
cooperative aspect of the venture. The cohousing pamphlet emphasizes that
cohousing is not a commune, faith-based community or group driven by
ideology. “Its key values are neighborliness, diversity, and respect for the
lives and goals of others,” the pamphlet states.

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