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Transit EcoVillages Are A New Form of Sustainable Housing.

They are "transit" ecovillages because they will be located near alternative transportation, such as railroad tracks so residents can easily use the SolTrain. In addition, transit ecovillages will be close to bike paths and shops, eliminating reliance on the automobile. EcoHome units are for ownership through limited equity cooperatives.

What makes them sustainable?

Transit ecovillages will use solar and wind energy, rainwater collection and greywater systems (water from the bath and sinks, treated, then used for toilets or landscape), edible landscaping, energy efficient fixtures, and resident car share.

Emphasis On Community

Community is greatly lacking in many housing developments. Therefore, community interaction will be a large part of residents experiences at the ecovillages. Each transit ecovillage will have its own day care, community room and community garden. In addition, areas for socializing, such as courtyards and picnic tables, will be incorporated into the transit ecovillage design.

  Transit EcoVillages: Limited Equity Cooperatives
Limited-equity cooperative housing is a form of multi-family housing that offers residents both affordability and management control. Limited-equity co-ops are common in a number of cities and are particularly well-established in New York City and Washington, D.C., each of which has or has had city-sponsored subsidy programs that support cooperative development. Limited-equity cooperatives are identical, in almost all respects, to market rate cooperatives, with the fundamental difference that they restrict resale prices to maintain affordability. This emphasis on affordability makes limited equity cooperatives a form of homeownership and resident control that is accessible to a broad range of incomes, although most limited-equity cooperatives are limited to households with moderate or low incomes.

Ownership Structure
In a cooperative, whether limited-equity or market-rate, co-op members do not have ownership interests in the real property itself but in shares of stock in the corporation that owns the property. Co-op members pay a monthly maintenance charge, which includes their portion (usually calculated on a share basis) of the cooperative’s management and operating costs. These costs include real estate taxes and insurance, as well as principal and interest on the underlying, or blanket, mortgage loan that the cooperative corporation obtained to pay for acquisition and any necessary rehabilitation of the property.

Equity/Resale Restrictions
A primary purpose of limited-equity cooperatives is the development of a permanent stock of affordable housing. To accomplish this objective, all limited-equity cooperatives have resale restrictions. These restrictions are usually incorporated into cooperatives’ by-laws and into individual occupancy agreements.

A transit ecovillage in California.
  Transit EcoVillages Built in Air Spaces

Communities are designed with private balconies, rooftop gardens, edible landscaping, water collection and storage, gray water use, low energy and water use appliances, day care and exercise areas.
Many of the possible locations for transit ecovillages are above existing parking lots along the rail corridor.

Since transit ecovillages are car-fee communities the parking lot would continue to be used for its current purpose, and the transit ecovillages would be built in the air space above the lots.

A rendering of a transit ecovillage built above a parking lot, with the SolTrain passing in front of the ecovillage.
  Beautiful Monterey Bay Locations

The Union Pacific Railway hugs the beautiful Monterey Bay coastline.Communities are being planned in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville and Marina.

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