Co-Housing coming to the Maple City?

The latest proposed residential construction in Goshen promises a unique style of living: co-housing.

Millrace Neighborhood LLC, wants to construct a small community where “like-minded” individuals can cook meals together and share responsibilities like lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Richard Miller is one of the developers spear-heading the project.

Tuesday, June 17, the city’s plan commission gave a favorable recommendation to Millrace Neighborhood’s proposal to rezone the formerly industrial parcel of land into a residential zone.

The plan commission also gave a favorable recommendation for the preliminary site plan that includes 16 units, including cottage like homes and a common house.

“There’s nothing like that in this area,” explained Miller.

Millrace Neighborhood has a purchase agreement with the city of Goshen on a plot of land south of downtown. Just north of the location several other construction projects are underway, including a brew pub, boutique hotel, lofts, as well as artisan space and town homes.

Director of Goshen’s community development, Mark Brinson, said it’s exciting to see projects getting off the ground. For several years the Maple City has cleaned up the former industrial corridor and sold off separate parcels.

“This area is going through a huge transformation,” said Brinson. He’s in favor of the co-housing project, saying it will add a unique residential feature to Goshen’s landscape and help expand the downtown to a 24-hour community.

“A project like this, bringing new in-fill housing to the downtown expands our vision of what the downtown will be. It’s not just a place to go shopping or go to a restaurant. We’re looking at a unique array of living choices,” Brinson added.

City officials recognize the risk in authorizing such a specialized type of residential community, however, they’re confident the project will succeed because of the number of people who have expressed a strong desire to move in.

A number of Goshen residents have already contacted Miller about getting involved in co-housing. From newlyweds, to senior citizens, the prospective community members range in age and stage of life.

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