Heartwood Commons / December 2018 Newsletter
Creating a new community way of living where neighbors become friends in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hi there!

Here's our newsletter at a glance:
  • We have land! Now's the time to get involved
  • In the news
  • Excitement is building: major milestones met
  • Upcoming Events
  • Field Trip to Oakcreek Community in Stillwater, January 12
  • Presentation: A New Way of Community Living, January 20
  • Community Design Workshops begin February 2019

Hope you enjoy, and have a lovely Holiday Season!

-Heartwood Commons Members
We have land!
The place we will call home is a beautiful, green, 4.8 acres nestled in a quiet Tulsa neighbor near 71st and Riverside at 7131/7141 S. Quincy Ave, with easy access to River Parks, Turkey Mountain, the Gathering Place, shopping and only minutes from downtown.

We showed off our land during an Open House and Land Celebration on Saturday, December 1st. The chilly winds couldn’t dampen the excitement as dozens of folks came to see our land and joined us in imagining the possibilities of living there.
Community Members at the Recent Open House and Land Celebration
Now's the Time to Get Involved!

In February we’ll start to design our community (see more under "Events" section). Now’s the perfect time to get involved.
Join as an Explorer and delve deeper into Heartwood Commons. Make connections. Get to know your future neighbors. Ask questions. Participate in community meetings and discussions. As an Explorer you’ll have three months to fully explore Heartwood Commons and determine if this is the right community for you, and you'll establish your home selection seniority spot.
Join as a Member to fully participate in creating the community, attend design workshops, and be a part of decision making. As an investor Member, you’ll secure your home selection seniority spot and be eligible to receive early bird discounts on your home (as available).
In the News
“Co-housing hopes to create new style of Tulsa neighborhood” 
John Klein of the Tulsa World highlighted Heartwood Commons in this November 25th article!
Excitement is Building!
We've made some major progress recently...
Zoning Approved: All members of the Tulsa City Council voted to approve the zoning change for our land on December 12th during one of the shortest City Council meetings ever.

Architect Team Selected: We are excited to announce the selection of our architect team. The team, comprised of Jones Design Studio, PLLC, Caddis PC, and TWO Architecture, brings together the architectural, cohousing and sustainability design skills and experience we need to bring our vision to reality.
  • Jones Design Studio, under the leadership of Molly Jones, specializes in sustainable living and community-building. Molly Jones lives in Tulsa, OK and has a deep knowledge of our cohousing group.
  • Caddis has a substantial background in cohousing and has been involved in the design of 15 cohousing communities. Bryan Bowen has lived in Wild Sage in Boulder, CO for 14 years.
  • Rick Winn of TWO Architecture in Tulsa, OK brings a rich history of customer focused design expertise and project support to the team.
Join us for our
Upcoming Events!
See Cohousing Up Close & Personal
Field Trip to Oakcreek Community in Stillwater, OK

Saturday, Jan. 12th, 11:30am
We will carpool from Tulsa
Want to see what a cohousing community looks like? Join us as we take a short drive to Stillwater to see Oklahoma’s first cohousing community. Oakcreek has been open 6 years and is a great source of inspiration for Heartwood Commons. We’ll be greeted by members of the community who will show us their homes, answer our questions, and share their perspective of the many benefits of living in cohousing. Reservations are needed for this trip.

(Out of respect for the privacy of our friends at Oakcreek, we ask that you not make an unscheduled visit to Oakcreek on your own.)
Wondering if Cohousing is for you?
Join us for a presentation:
"Cohousing: A New Community Way of Living"

Sunday, Jan. 20th, 1-3pm
Zarrow Pointe, 2025 E 71st Street, Town Center building
(1st building on your left past the outdoor pool)
Imagine living in an old-fashioned type neighborhood where you know everyone and people look out for one another. A community that values connection and sustainability, health and wellness, acceptance and diversity, and fund and support. This is cohousing – and it’s coming to Tulsa!
Please join us for an informal presentation and conversation about cohousing and Heartwood Commons, and a tour of our land.
Reserv ations are helpful to Suzy Sharp at ssharptulsa@yahoo.com or call her at 918-519-5298.
In the New Year
Community Design Workshops Begin
February 9th & 10, 2019 - you still have time to be part of this adventure!
Skagit Cohousing has just recently gone through this process with their architect Schemata Workshop
We couldn’t be more excited! Soon we will begin the design of our community. This is a unique process in which Heartwood Commons community members actively participate in the design of our community. Through a series of four workshops, led by our architect team, we’ll design our site, the common house, our private homes, and end with a design closure workshop. The 2-day monthly workshops will be held in February, March, April and May.
There’s still plenty of time to be a part of this exciting adventure. Contact us to learn how by calling Suz y at 918-519-5298.
Making Merry
Having fun together is an important part of building community and getting to know one another better. That’s why every month our Social Team plans a social gathering. Sometimes it’s a potluck – other times we go see a theater performance (especially when our members are in them) – or maybe it’s an outing to the park. In addition to Members and Explorers, we always invite folks we’ve recently met who are interested in learning more about us.

In December we gathered at the home of John Orsulak and Pat Hobbs to make merry. Our favorite dish was goat cheese and a fig, wrapped in prosciutto prepared by Lynn Rivers. Delish! We’ve got some great cooks in our group!

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Please note: for the time being, you'll also receive monthly newsletters from our development consultant, CoHousing Solutions . Their newsletters contain information about the cohousing movement and developments across the country.