Project History

Germantown Commons of Tennessee Sponsored Multiple Cohousing Workshops

One of cohousing’s most distinguishing features is that future residents are involved in planning the community. And Germantown Cohousing embraced this opportunity with gusto.

We held six workshops with members who earned equity in their future homes by paying to participate. Sleeves rolled up, we worked through details of the common spaces – inside and outside – and individual unit design to both stay true to our vision and give homeowners options.

Members of Germantown Cohousing, with our design team, participated in hours-long, hands-on workshops:

  • Getting It Built
  • Site Design
  • Common House
  • Unit Design
  • Design Closure
  • Final Design Options

Germantown Commons of Tennessee, LLC, the legal entity and developer, matched some of the payments, adding to members’ equity, to recognize this hard work.

Germantown Cohousing has the support of the Germantown Neighborhood Association and Erica Gilmore, the neighborhood representative on the Metro Council in 2012. Nashville and Tennessee’s first cohousing community also met all local regulatory conditions, including approval from the Metro Historical Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

We broke ground in summer 2013 and took occupancy in the summer of 2015.