No, we do not have land yet.
Anyone still reading? Greetings; I'm Michael Leonard. Let's talk about strategy. If you're here, you've had this discussion a few times: "Find a few people...pool your resources...happily ever after...", yes? It sounds fairly simple, until you start making serious plans and talk to people. The 20th century model of community land projects was a bit more straightforward. Property was cheaper, and working-class people could afford it. We have to adapt if we want this idea to work in the current reality. I'm certain everyone here has an amazing list of ideas they want to build when they have the space? Great...but, then what? How do you keep the land once you get it?
We are a small group of capable, dedicated people with an ethical business plan. We're called 'Strowler Enterprises' (currently working on our website). Our project is designed to become self-sustaining within five years. We are equal co-owners, and practice profit-sharing. I gather that no one here needs an entry-level lesson in environmental sustainability, social inclusion, or progressive values? Suffice to say, we're enthusiastic about them!
What we don't have: Land or money.
So, what *do* we have, at this point in time?
-Avenues in place to raise a down payment.
-Well-researched cost/revenue spreadsheets.
-An attorney to draft a land trust agreement.
-Company bylaws to protect us and our investment.
-Benefit plan for company members.
-Specific properties to choose from, for their ideal features and commuting distance.
-Contractors who specialize in our planned architecture.
-Realistic timeline for building.
-Client base who we have a current and active relationship with.
-Marketing strategy to draw additional clientele.
You can read about our project in greater detail here: https://www.ic.org/directory/strowler-enterprises/
Or contact me directly: email@example.com