My how time flies! After a much heralded countdown, numerous special events, blog posts, facebooking and a black tie gala to beat the band, Rochdale Village has finally turned 50.
The date is connected with when the “first-move-in’s” took possession of their brand new residence. The November, 1963 newsletter states:
“The long moving-in process at Rochdale Village will begin on December 10, 1963. Moving notices are in the process of being sent to cooperators who will move into Building One, followed by buildings two, three and four. The schedule calls for moving in eighteen families a day, per building. The moving-in process will continue as construction is completed on the other buildings. The office is making every effort to give each family approximately one month’s notice prior to their move-in date.”
How excited the cooperators must have been. After 5,860 families completed the process, a community the first of its kind in 1963 was born. Here’s wishing continued success and excitement about the capital improvements, expanded amenities and bright future that is ahead for Rochdale Village, The Jewel of Jamaica!
We’ll be 50 for one whole year so stick around – there’s more in store for this historic cooperative.
Susan Van Brackle, Managing Editor – Rochdale Village, Inc.