What do you see as the future for the co-op community in light of the recent decision to close the Domes?
Cooperative communities like Baggins End, commonly known as the Domes, have been a part of UC Davis for many decades. As an on-campus living option, they have provided an innovative residential experience for students who – through their relationships with others – gain self-reliance and independence as they manage the health and welfare of their community in a holistic manner. At UC Davis, we are pleased to offer and promote this unique opportunity as it meets the needs and interests of a number of our students.
Over time, unfortunately, the Domes facilities – constructed in 1972 – have been found to be in need of extensive repairs due to health and safety concerns. And like many facilities on campus, replacement has been determined to be the most prudent response. After careful thought and consideration of all possible alternatives, we made the decision not to renew leases in the Domes.
Instead, a new task force led by Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Segar will look into what the future holds for sustainable living and learning communities on campus. Assisted by faculty, staff and students who currently live in the cooperative communities, the group is looking at an approach that would create a shared vision for a new community. The planning process is focused on developing a comprehensive strategy that includes: valuing the student cooperative residential experience; a strong connection to related academic teaching and research programs; a sound business plan for financial and organizational stability; and that employs innovations in the sustainable living systems that are now available.
Meanwhile, Student Housing continues to provide an opportunity for cooperative living in the Tri-Cooperatives housing area, which includes Davis Student Co-Op, Pierce Co-Op and Agrarian Effort. Information regarding the Tri-Coops is available on the Student Housing website at housing.ucdavis.edu/housing/cooperatives.asp.
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