Mason City’s newest neighborhood is now identified with its own sign at 275 N. Taft. The Village Cooperative of Mason City is a resident-owned community for persons age 55 and older. It opened for occupancy at the end of September, 2010, with 50 individual units in a variety of sizes and floor plans. In the months since then, all except one home have been occupied or reserved and a waiting list is being developed.
New Coop residents have come from area towns as far as 60 miles away as well as Mason City itself. All Coop homeowners live independent lives and interact to the extent they choose with other Coop residents and the larger community. Coop amenities include common rooms for meetings and parties, coffee times, a wood shop, exercise room, heated underground parking and car wash, a guest suite and yard and building maintenance.
Cooperative housing is a new style of living in Iowa with just three such projects currently available, all built by the same St. Paul, MN, developer. Anyone interested in learning more about the Mason City Village Coop is invited to call the office 641-423-5840 or one of the resident tour guides:
Ron Norlinger, Coop president: 641-494-7613
Ann Kuhlman, Coop vice president: 641-423-3592
Doris Smith, Public Relations & Marketing Chair: 641-424-6039.