OFFICIALLY BREAKS GROUND
Future residents break ground for their exciting new active adult community.
Photo by Averi Blackmon Photography
STILLWATER, OK - October 7, 2011 -
Stillwater's newest neighborhood for active adults is really happening! Members of Oakcreek Community celebrated their official groundbreaking with friends, neighbors, professional team members, city and state dignitaries, and interested citizens on Thursday, October 6. Pat Darlington, member of Oakcreek, welcomed the crowd and reminded all that, "This small group of 'regular and yet extraordinary' folks have shown us that 1 person can be 2 people and then three and then 8 then 14...and on and on... and with spirit and grace, passion and hard work, and more than their fair share of miracles, can change the way 'we've always done things' for senior living." Cory Williams, Oklahoma State Representative, District 34, recognized the Oakcreek Community members for their dedication to a vision and for their contribution to the quality of life in Stillwater as well as the impact of the first and only cohousing community in the state of Oklahoma. He predicted that the innovation represented in Oakcreek would serve as a model for other cohousing communities in the state and region.
As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, members of Oakcreek brought soil from their current homes and poured it together to represent the contribution that each of the present 11 members have made toward the development of this community. The traditional "turning the dirt with shovels" ritual followed. Actual construction is scheduled to begin on October 17 with completion and move-in scheduled for fall 2012.
Oakcreek Community members have created the design of their new neighborhood and homes with the professional assistance of architect Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects, Nevada City, CA and Development Consultant, Kathryn McCamant, Cohousing Partners, LLC, Nevada City, CA. Local professionals who are making this project a reality are Jana Phillips, Project Manager, Brown Engineering; Kelly Harris, civil engineer, Keystone Engineering; and General Contractor, Scott Campbell, Campbell Construction. The finished project will be a vibrant neighborhood of 24 privately-owned one- and two-bedroom homes shared open spaces, and a 3500 sq. ft. Common House for community gatherings, cooperative activities, and guest accommodations, all nestled on their 7.5 wooded acres along Boomer Creek in the heart of Stillwater.
At present, eleven households are vested members of Oakcreek Community and have reserved 11 of the 24 homes. Members range in age from 58-years to 85-years young and include singles and couples, working and retired, business owners, faculty members, health care professionals; all of whom embrace an active, welcoming, mindful lifestyle in the second half of their lives.