Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston, Massachusetts, is committed to a mixed-income multigenerational cohousing neighborhood. They are located within walking distance to public transportation and near other urban amenities, such as schools, shopping,restaurants, places of worship and cultural attractions. They built a 30-unit neighborhood designed to create a balance of community and privacy, by arranging private, self-sufficient homes around a community building or “common house” with shared resources. The community was planned, designed and is now managed by the members. They welcome tours and maintain a healthy waiting list. Contact them at www.jpcohousing.org, by phone at (617) 522-2209, or by email at Info@jpcohousing.org
Our group was about to dissolve until we found Chris ScottHanson. He started speaking at 9:00 am. By 10:00, my husband and I had agreed to become equity members.
Jamaica Plain Cohousing
“A New, Old-Fashioned Neighborhood”
Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
From Jamaica Plain Cohousing’s entry in the Cohousing US Directory
We are a mixed-income, multigenerational, urban cohousing condominium that is committed to being attuned to its urban setting and is within walking distance to public transportation. As part of that commitment we maintain a system of ride sharing, subsidized MBTA fare passes, and community bicycles. We use a modified consensus process to make decisions and are committed to resolving conflicts through honest, direct, and respectful communications.
Participation in group meals is encouraged, but not mandated. We strive to work cooperatively for mutual benefit, while respecting personal autonomy and the privacy of one’s home. We actively participate in neighborhood events and act as a CSA drop-off site.
We do on-site composting and have eight raised-bed gardens with organic soil. We are committed to conserving natural resources through environmentally-sound construction, energy conservation, recycling, and reducing consumption by sharing materials. All common areas and individual units are accessible to people with disabilities. We value diversity and welcome people from all classes, races, cultures, sexual orientations, and traditional and nontraditional families.
“Our group was about to dissolve until we found Chris ScottHanson of Urban Cohousing Associates. He started speaking at 9:00 am. By 10:00 my husband and I had agreed to become equity members.” Founding Member, JP Cohousing
Urban Cohousing Associates specializes in front end project planning — local area preference mapping, site search, and land acquisition. We usually do budgeting and scheduling as a part of initial project feasibility evaluation, to make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Why Urban Cohousing Associates?
We believe the best place to develop housing is within the existing urban grid of the city or small town. This may include the suburbs but it should, in our opinion, use an existing grid including sewer, water, and fire department access. Building out beyond the grid is costly — too costly financially for communities and too costly environmentally for everyone.
Creating Communities Since 1989
Since 1989, we have successfully located and acquired development sites for communities in Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas, Kansas, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Urban Cohousing Associates • PO Box 1288 • Langley, WA 98260
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