We are active seniors who desire to live within the city of Chattanooga in a mutually supportive, simplified, economical community, in a building that is sustainably designed and operated.
A cooperative, economical living situation that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for up to 16 individuals. The plan will allow residents to:
Each person joining our community will commit to a cooperative consensus lifestyle with frequent interaction with the other co-housing members, including some shared meals. Each will recognize that differences of opinion are a natural part of social interaction, and commit to conflict resolution processes by consensus when necessary.
The initiators have created a set of proposed policies. These policies are still in development and will remain so until all participants who will join this special community are in place, are able to give input, and the community as a whole can make final decisions.
Consensus is a process by which a group reaches agreements that are truly satisfactory to all members.
Senior means 55+ years of age.
Secure refers to physical, emotional, and financial security.
Sustainably designed means utilizing environmentally friendly building standards that reduce carbon footprint
Urban...We are located on Washington Street in Chattanooga’s exciting Southside, within easy walking distance of many urban amenities.
Active lifestyle... enjoying mobility to the extent possible within age and physical limitations; willingness to expand one's knowledge and outlook on life, and willingnesss to respect differing views.
Economical... We plan to share costs of owning and operating the common space, including utilities, property taxes, insurance and city services. We will share supplies, tools, equipment and common meal costs. We aim to reduce the number of cars to a few fuel-efficient vehicles to serve all our transportation needs.
CCSH property is located at 1511 Washington St. Chattanooga, TN. 37408 in the Southside area. Please note that these sketches are informal concepts of the proposed facility and are subject to change.
Each private unit will accommodate a relatively generous bedroom and bathroom and modest sitting room/kitchenette, and will be approximately 400–1000 square feet in size.
The common space will include living, dining, and kitchen space (open and connected) with separate rooms for music, TV, library, laundry, workshop, exercise-activity area, storage, and guest quarters. The entire common area is anticipated to be approximately 4,000 square feet.
Once again, these are our beginning thoughts. If these concepts appeal to you, come join us and share your ideas with us!
(All facilities will be handicapped accessible.)
The anticipated investment for ownership of the private apartments and share of the common areas is $175,000 to $350,000 depending on the actual size of the apartment. The monthly fees could run $1000 to $2000 per unit and would include a fund for long-term maintenance, normal daily household upkeep (including paid help*, taxes, insurance, shared utilities. It would not cover costs of food.)
*Although cooperative living will reduce the need of help for chores we can do ourselves, as we age, some assistance may be needed for chores such as the following:
Please note that all of our proposed community life policies are provisional until we have community consensus.
At the beginning, there will be limited outside assistance. Over time — as our needs change — CCSH anticipates that the duties listed below would eventually be handled by staff and/or shared by other members.
|•||Check supplies||•||Pharmacy, drugstore stops|
|•||Sweep & mop floors as needed||•||Drive members on errands and to appointments|
|•||Laundry||•||Help with entertaining on an occasional basis|
|•||Assist with cooking (dinner, mainly)||•||Aid with computer skills|
|•||Grocery shopping||•||Arrange for IT assistance|
|•||Pay bills||•||Arrange, monitor, and supervise thorough cleaning of facility|
|•||Call for and arrange for repair work for appliances, plumbing, electrical, sewer, water, etc.||•||Light clean-up (clear sink, tables, chairs and counters in living area after meals)|
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