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Connecticut First Cohousing Neighborhood to Begin Building

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Rocky Corner, a multigenerational community developed and managed by people who plan to live there, will begin construction in Bethany this fall.

The neighborhood will include 30 energy-efficient, sustainable homes and a large common house with shared facilities. The homes will be clustered in a pedestrian-friendly arrangement, with cars kept to the perimeter. About 20 acres of farmland will surround the neighborhood and allow interested residents to produce food primarily for the community. The goals of cohousing are sustainability, cooperation and socialization, which can increase the health and well-being of residents; sharing increases efficiency and decreases waste and a strong sense of community combats loneliness and isolation.

Green Haven, Inc., the company formed by future residents of the community to develop Rocky Corner, has received a $2.6 million award from the Connecticut Department of Housing that will enable them to offer 13 of the 30 homes to income-qualified families at affordable prices. There are still a few market-rate homes available. Applications to be on the waiting list for an affordable home are also being accepted.

Information on the application process is available at RockyCorner.org. To learn how to reserve a home, email [email protected].

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