Imagine a gated community of 8-12 homes nestled closely to each other, where neighbors are neighborly and look out for one another. Where there are walkways and green space opposed to streets and driveways. Where neighbors share their resources such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers. Where every day you have opportunity to connect with the world and people around you in a real way.
Imagine the clubhouse of this neighborhood also cares for the community’s most severely disabled individuals. Designed to encourage community and bridge the gap between the existing group home model to true neighborhood acceptance.
Imagine all of this, in the center of a surrounding flourishing community that sees the value of caring for its most vulnerable. Where community fields intrinsically bridge the inner and outer community together to exist and thrive. A place that offer individuals with special needs the ability to visit during adolescence, to learn the daily life skills and structure for when the day comes that they may be a resident.
Finding the Right Parcel
Some parcels will be a perfect match for a pocket neighborhood, other sites not. Ideally, a pocket neighborhood is nested within a larger walkable neighborhood — close to services and amenities like grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, post office, schools and workplaces, and near public transportation routes. A small development of less than 8 residences is often best located on a center-block infill site; while a larger development considers the effectiveness of larger block layouts and open space.
The overall pocket between SFR, supported living and mixed use property to house 50-60 individuals maximizing land use through design
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