CHANE Member Reports
NEW NASSAU GARDENS WEBSITE:
Nassau Gardens is CHANE's largest cooperative. It provides 204 dwelling units on 18 acres of rolling hillside. It is a 30 year old co-op in Norwood, MA, a few miles east of Boston. In 1979 its tenants, with help from NAHC's President emeritus Roger Willcox, bought their then HUD-owned garden-style apartment property with a community building and Olympic-size swimming pool.
Today, because of its active and involved shareholders/members, it is a model self managed, limited equity co-op and proud of its continuing capital improvement program. It has an established monthly newsletter, The Community Voice. Its latest venture is a self created website which is now available to the public. The address is http://sites.google.com/site/nassaugardens/home. With help from an outside volunteer, the website was created by members who had no skills in this area but were willing to learn. The result is a beginning that will grow and become an integral part of Nassau Gardens' future.
VILLAGE CREEK HOMEOWNERS WEBSITE:
Village Creek is a 67 unit member sponsored cooperative land subdivision, established in 1949. Its founding members were active members of other cooperatives and wanted to bring up their families in a democratically controlled, cooperative, open occupancy community.
In 1952 one of its organizers, Roger Willcox, was invited by trustees of the Foundation for Cooperative Housing to be the first general manager of the Foundation's new operating subsidiary, FCH Company, later known as FCH Services, Inc. When NAHC was organized in 1960, VCHOA was a charter member. It continues as a NAHC member through CHANE, and Roger Willcox continues as an NAHC Board member.
Village Creek was recently nominated for a National Historic Landmark designation - both for its contemporary architecture and for being the first known intentionally integrated community in CT. Rochdale co-op concepts are included in its recorded land Covenants. Its Covenants, By Laws and some of its history and experiences may be viewed on its homegrown website, www.vchoa.com.
Kimalee Williams, President
Cooperative Housing Association of New England (CHANE)
50 Founders Plaza, Suite 200
East Hartford, CT 06108