Last week, We Care President Walter Ring met with the students and professor Katherine Ambroziak to receive the results of their preliminary research and answer questions about the needs of area seniors.
Though work is still only in the very early stages, Ring
has said he
envisions a "pocket neighborhood" of energy-efficient homes, all featuring open floor plans, front porches, rear decks and enclosed yards.
The homes will face inward, onto sidewalks, gardens and a community center.
said the development would address a pressing community need for safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors, while also introducing a number of cutting-edge features that Ring hopes will make the community more livable and sustainable.
Water from showers, baths and washing machines will be filtered and reused for irrigation, and streets will be designed around the community, with plenty of room for pedestrians and cyclists.
Homes will be set close together, to maximize use of the land for gardening and recreation, but residents will also have privacy - each home featuring covered porches, private entrances and fenced-in yards.
said similar "pocket neighborhoods" had worked well in other parts of the United States.