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State’s first cohousing community to be built in Bethany

State’s first cohousing community to be built in Bethany

Connecticut is breaking ground with the development of new housing, and Bethany is its lucky location. “Rocky Corner” will be the first cohousing community in the state. It will join the list of 148 cohousing communities already built in the United States. The 33 acre plot on Meyers Road was once a dairy farm, but will now become an environmentally friendly complex of 30 private homes, one common house, and an organic farm. Rocky Corner will be multigenerational and pedestrian centered.

The small homes, starting at 810 square feet, will include a bedroom(s), living room, kitchen and bathroom. Residents will also share a 4,500-sqaure-foot common house which will include a commercial kitchen, a large dining area, and activity rooms. Another feature of the complex is an organic farm that will be worked by its residents and offer plots for farming and gardening.

After going through the approval process for years, the state finally granted $2.6 million to the project. The idea for the cohousing community arose in 2006. It was not until creative housing expert David Berto of Housing Enterprises Inc. was hired that the project really picked up the pace.

Close relationships back to top

Green Haven Inc., made up of future residents, is the nonprofit developer of the project. Its President Dick Margulis called the complex “a neighborhood built on purpose.”

“Cohousing promotes close relationships amongst neighbors with an emphasis on sustainable construction and land use,” he said.

“The Rocky Corner community is specifically designed to maximize open space and to provide opportunities for interested residents to participate in organic gardening and farming. The homes will be highly energy efficient, resulting in minimal heating and cooling costs. The site design implements low-impact development, an advanced approach to water conservation,” Margulis stated in a press release.

First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski and Connecticut’s commissioner of housing Evonne Klein praised the new housing project. Gorski and Klein were especially excited by the affordability of some of the homes. “This allows us to continue our economic diversity,” Gorski said.

Eager residents will be able to move into Rocky Corner by this time next summer. According to Margulis, there are still homes available for all family sizes, ages, and income levels. For more information visit www.rockycorner.org or call 203-903-2646.