EcoVillage Green Cottages


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EcoVillage Green Cottages

Since the implementation of the Cleveland EcoVillage project, neighborhood development organizations have actively promoted residential construction that utilizes green building techniques. The construction of ecologically friendly, energy efficient homes is part of a larger effort to lure people back into the city by providing healthy, attractive, and sustainable neighborhoods. The first major residential project was completed in 2004, consisting of twenty townhomes built within walking distance of the RTA station. Subsequent projects included the construction of Northeast Ohio's first affordable ecologically friendly houses, referred to as "green cottages". These energy efficient single-family homes are priced to attract moderate income residents, with purchasers being required to meet maximum and minimum income eligibility requirements. The homeowner must also agree to allow a portion of any increase in the home's value stay with the home in order to ensure affordability to the next buyer. By providing permanently affordable housing, the green cottages promote economic diversity in the emerging EcoVillage neighborhood.

Photograph courtesy of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization


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