"Cohousing" Concept Proposed for Villas at Creekside in Papillion

Posted by Steve Minino on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 5:38pm.

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A multigenerational "cohousing" concept is being explored for a new subdivision in Papillion. The first of its kind in the Omaha Metro area, this proposed community would be built on the site of Villas at Creekside if the current managers and creditors agree to the sale. The local developer, Jack Round, will be presenting his concept to the City Council, hoping to gain their support as well.

Although a "cohousing" concept is new to the Omaha metro area, Round says the project would be similar to other cohousing communities nationwide. His proposed village would combine the privacy of individual homes with energy-saving living. Residents would own their own homes and have access to facilities such as a shared house for meetings, guest rooms, playgrounds, workshops, and land for growing food on. He is also proposing a commercial center with small businesses, a restaurant , and a grocery store where the farm's produce would be sold.

Current residents of Villa at Creekside have expressed mixed reactions. The residents who support the concept are intrigued by the idea of an old fashioned community where resources and facilities are shared and residents have numerous opportunities for social and work-related interactions.

What do you think? Should "cohousing" villages be developed within the Omaha metro area? Do you think multi-generational living, in communities where resources are shared, could be successful?

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