OAK PARK COHOUSING IN THE NEWS
Oak Park Commons Cohousing
Wednesday Journal April 12, 2022
Oak Park Commons will be the first cohousing development in the state of Illinois. Last February, after three years of focused, creative work, Oak Park Commons Cohousing LLC (OPCC) identified a suitable and available parcel of land located at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and Madison Street, just west of Sugar Beet and Walgreens.
Hoch commented that current plans for Oak Park Commons include a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom ADA accessible dwellings in a five-story 27-unit elevator condominium. “A large common room and adjoining rooftop garden will be located on the fifth floor,” he stated.
This ambitious and creative project has had challenges from its inception, including location, financing and equity. “We believe that diversity in age, race, ethnicity, gender, ability and experience improves rather than detracts from community,” said Stall. “Cohousing fosters reciprocity and shared values,” added Hoch.
Currently, OPCC is recruiting members and investors. Can you support this important groundbreaking project? Have you thought about helping to create the very place where you want to live? Now is the time to have that discussion. There are several ways to get more information about, and get involved with, this forward-looking effort:
Attend one of the OPCC upcoming monthly public meetings (via Zoom or in person)
Attend the upcoming AWN housing forum, Aging in Our Communities: Housing Accessibility, Affordability & Possibilities, on May 14 at Concordia University, 9-1 p.m.
Tabling at the Sugarbeet Food Coop
Oak Park group signing up families for what might be state's first 'cohousing' site
Oak Leaves, Monday April 29, 2019
Organizers of an Oak Park cohousing effort are working to bolster membership as they aim to become the first cohousing community in the state.
Since the effort in the west suburban community was kicked off slightly more than a year go, Susan Stall said they’ve had 10 households commit to the cohousing project and hope to have 15 by fall. "We see that as a minimum amount to go forward and look for a site,” said Stall. She and her husband, Charlie Hoch, are one of the founding households of the local movement.
They hope to find a site, design and construct the building in the next couple of years. Stall says it’s on track to become the first cohousing development in Illinois, and that’s in line with Oak Park’s history and values.
| Caitlin Mullen/Pioneer Press
Susan Stall (far left) and her husband, Charlie Hoch (far right), formed the Multi-Generational Co-Housing Group in Oak Park, trying to gather like-minded people to build an alternative housing community in the village. Jane Zawadowski (second from right) and her daughter, Ysa, who are members of the group, like co-housing's principles of shared values and sense of community.
| Alexa Rogals/Staff Photographer