Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Illustrative Plan for Garfield Site

The village program includes:

Village Gateway: An appropriately designed and crafted landmark that will introduce residents and visitors to the sustainable vision of Opportunity Village.
Welcome Kiosk (60sf): Located just inside the Village Gateway and staffed by village residents and/or trained volunteers to provide information to visitors and maintain a safe environment.
Administrative Center (120sf):  Adjacent to the kiosk, this multi-purpose structure will support the day to day operation of the village and include a loft for those on night shift security duty.
Covered Bicycle Parking: Secure and covered bicycle parking area near the front gate.
Dwellings (60-100sf): Micro-housing with lockable doors and front porches. The pilot project will be limited to no more than 30 dwelling units and is currently proposing the use of Conestoga Huts, Conic Shells, and Budget Bungalows.  See the Village Structure Catalog for more details.
Raised Garden Beds: Simple raised garden beds of varying sizes will provide organic food, an aesthetically pleasant environment, and the opportunity to invest in one’s immediate surroundings.
Donations & Tool Storage (200sf): A space to accommodate incoming donations to be organized for use and distribution.  These items will be part of the local village economy
Micro-Businesses: Accommodate independent work areas and feature display counters and windows where village residents can sell or trade their goods and services to support the village.
Greenhouse:  To support the ability for growing certain crops year round.  Additional uses may also be pursued in this area such as aquaponic systems, bee keeping, chicken coops, and composting
Garbage, Recycling & Compost Bins: Clustered for ease of access by residents and service trucks.
Pantry (160sf): An area for storing food.
Dining Area (400sf): An enclosed area adjacent to the Pantry and Covered Cooking Area for sharing meals and various other activities.  This space will also include a central electric charging station.
Covered Cooking Area (100sf):  A covered “barbecue” style cooking area that may be supported by a mobile food cart.
Restrooms & Showers: Three toilets (one ADA accessible), and two showers with sinks.
Notional Roundhouse (120sf): A flexible structure that can support a use desired by residents such as a spiritual sanctuary or village library.
Covered Gathering Area (750sf): A covered area that can accommodate 30 people and support informal and scheduled activities such as village meetings, celebrations, or public speaking.
Bunkhouse (200sf): To assist in the intake process, this space can house up to four new residents before they receive their micro-housing.
Defined Path Network: A defined, gravel path network that connects the various structures of the village and reduces mud during the wet season
Parking/Loading Area: Short-term parking will be provided just outside the front gate for visitors and loading/unloading.  There will be no long-term resident parking on site and the primary means of resident transportation is expected to be by bicycle or bus.  The non-profit organization will provide residents with bus passes.