On Oct. 11, the Solar Community Housing Association (SCHA) signed a license agreement with the university regarding the Domes, a UC Davis cooperative housing community.
Last school year, the university announced that it would not be renewing student leases for the Domes due to safety violations. After a long “Save the Domes” campaign, supporters of the Domes hope that this contract, which is the first form of written agreement between SCHA and the university, will lead to a five-year ground lease agreement between SCHA and the Domes.
“We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re in the home stretch,” said SCHA project manager Ben Pearl in a statement. “We’re grateful for the university’s cooperation, and we look forward to working with the Davis community to re-open the Domes.”
Domes supporters hope that once the lease is signed they can begin renovations of the Domes to address the safety concerns. Supporters are planning a “Community Rebuild” from Nov. 3 through Nov. 6.
– Hannah Strumwasser