Cohousing group is off and running

A group of about 20 households is now actively investigating the possible cohousing projectguiding-principles.jpg I’ve blogged about (Cohousing: A new living opportunity for the Northfield area? and Buffalo Commons Village: Enthusiastic response to cohousing concept). The group is diverse (Minneapolis 20-somethings to Northfield-area retirees), energetic, and brings talent, experience and broad resources to the table. After an initial exploratory meeting (see the presentation from the meeting here), two walking tours of the possible site, and a getting-to-know-each-other-a-bit-better picnic, I’m excited about the possibilities.

The group will be meeting every two weeks, beginning this Tuesday, June 3rd as it plunges into what could culminate in a new type of living arrangement for the area within the next one to several years. Anyone interested in learning more about cohousing in general, or this project in particular, is encouraged to attend any of the upcoming meetings. This Tuesday we will be gathering at the Oddfellows Park pavilioncohoconf08.gif at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Madison Street on Northfield’s rockin’ west side (5:30 for a potluck dinner for any so inclined and available, to be followed by the meeting from 6:00 to 7:30).

I’m also excited about the 2008 National Cohousing Conference which I will be attending in Boston from June 13-15. I’m looking forward to coming back with valuable information and contacts which should help in our local planning efforts. Stay tuned for more…


  1. Mera Colling
    Posted July 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in cohousing, but not sure how interested I am. Currently I am a graduate student in counseling psychology and live in Waterford. Please keep me posted or if there is some additional information I could read that would be helpful.

  2. Posted August 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear of your interest, Mera. Keep checking back here for future developments. Would you like me to add you to our interested parties e-mail list so you would get notices of meetings, etc? No commitment necessary! You can reach me at the e-mail address on the “Contact” page.

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