Conference Teaser: Lessons Learned From PDX Commons - Pipe Dream to Reality

PDX Commons' Construction Progress
PDX Commons' Construction Progress

Looking to build a supportive urban community for aging? With senior cohousing and urban living both on the rise, Conference goers will be treated to a case study in both from Lew Bowers. Discount registration thru 4/15: www.cohousing.org/2017

PDX Commons is a 27-unit senior cohousing project developed on an urban infill site in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is the first purpose-built project to combine cohousing, walkable urbanism and aging-in-community in Portland. The community will be moving into their new 4-story building this June.

Learn how: the group was organized, recruited members and selected a development team; how the participatory design process worked; how the project was financed; how members decided to govern ourselves in building their community.

The presentation will conclude with 20 lessons learned which will be valuable to any group starting a cohousing project, those in the construction stage or any professionals assisting cohousing groups. The presenter is Lew Bowers, who's one of the founding members of the Community, participant in CoHousing Solutions' 500 Communities Program and a former city planner for 30 years.

Read more about Lew's Sunday session here.

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