Welcome!

Our next Pocket Neighborhood community:

PRELMINARY Concept Plan for the Amabel Pocket Neighborhood project.

PRELMINARY Concept Plan for the Amabel Pocket Neighborhood project.

 

 

The name Amabel comes from the genealogy of the original three-generation landowners, the Mobbs.  The Mobbs’ family name was derived from the medieval female name – “Amabel”

At Amabel we are proposing to construct 5 small pocket neighborhoods consisting of 6-7 small homes in each pocket while preserving every tree that we can. The member households will share a common house, food gardens, bike and canoe sheds, resources and a strong network of mutual support. This grouping of small houses around a common space within a residential neighborhood allows for sustainable land use and increased affordability while fitting into the existing neighborhood fabric.

We are also looking forward to the challenges of the future such as energy and resource depletion, climate change, and food security. The new construction will incorporate super-insulation, solar power, rainwater harvesting and other green features. Ultimately, sustainability and social justice will depend on how individuals live their daily lives, and how we relate to each other. Creating living environments which foster interdependence and connection among neighbors is at the core of a vibrant future, and at the heart of what we intend to create at Amabel.

The site is located at 619 Five Mile Drive, a flat 1 mile from downtown Ithaca, a block distance away from Black Diamond trail along the inlet that goes to downtown Ithaca in one direction and Buttermilk Falls State Park in the other. The site allows for easy walking, biking, canoeing and kayaking to downtown Ithaca.

If you are interested in finding out more about living at Amabel, please click on the survey button on this page and tell us a little bit about yourself and your housing needs.

In the interest of putting together the best possible site design that accommodates how people want to live in the most economical and efficient way possible, we are collecting some basic information like: number of bedrooms, do you want to live on one level and more.  This will give us an idea of what people are looking for so we can lay the site out accordingly.  And simultaneously we capture your name and contact information so that we can keep you posted as we develop the site plan and house designs.

Speaking for myself and everyone involved in creating Amabel we are very excited to do this game-changing project.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Sue Cosentini

 

Click here to view the PDF introduction to Amabel

 

 

Picture by permission from Ross Chapin Pocket Neighborhoods: Project: Greenwood Avenue Cottages Architect: Ross Chapin Architects Developer:The Cottage Company. This picture is representative of the look and character of the future Amabel residences.

Picture by permission from Ross Chapin Pocket Neighborhoods: Project: Greenwood Avenue Cottages, Architect: Ross Chapin Architects, Developer:The Cottage Company. This picture is is representative of the look and character of the future Amabel residences.