How does a traditional development differ from a cohousing development? At Silver Birch Village we are not just building houses, we are building a community.
When a traditional developer builds a complex, he does many of the same things that a cohousing group does, buy property, hire professionals as needed, get permits, arrange construction financing, hire a general contractor and so on. Their marketing staff sells the houses. What they would not do is:
- Involve the future owners in designing the project.
- Find a cohesive group to create a sense of community.
- Establish a process for decision making and governance.
These are the main attributes which make Silver Birch Village different from mainstream housing developments.
Most housing choices for seniors are not self-directed. Generally, independent living or assisted living developments are owned by large corporations where residents do not have a say on most aspects of their daily lives. It is an arrangement where all services are provided for a fee.
Cohousing requires that a person participate in the running of the complex and engages in the community. This investment in time and effort goes towards building a support system that will be there as we age. This promotes healthy aging and goes a long way to counter the loneliness and isolation that many seniors feel in traditional settings.
By valuing our combined skills and abilities, Silver Birch Village will become a place where independence is respected but at the same time there is a commitment to facing the ups and downs of aging together.
If you are interested in finding out more about Silver Birch Village, join us for a 1 hour zoom workshop on April 28th at 11:00 am or 7:00 pm. To register, email Ann at email@example.com.