News

Students Co-op and University Regents Sign Cloyne Court Lease

On July 1, 2005, the Co-ops and the Regents of the University of California renewed a long-term lease for Cloyne Court—the  largest of the 17 co-op houses-- as student co-op housing. Concluding nearly five-years of negotiation, this long-term renewal agreement demonstrates the ability of both sides in working together to establish an acceptable compromise.

The lease agreement stipulates that a fulltime professional, live-in, facility manager will oversee operation of the housing co-op, and be available to respond to inquiries, communications or complaints. This professional management structure, similar to that in place at the two largest apartment complexes on the south side of the campus, will be the first in a Co-op room and board co-op house in recent years.
“I am really looking forward to helping create and maintain a proactive and responsive community at Cloyne,” said newly hired facility manager Adam Ganes who will work part-time this summer and fulltime beginning in the fall.  “I am committed to serving as a liaison for the Berkeley community and our neighbors, particularly the ones next door,” Adam added, referring to the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC.  Ganes comes with a great deal of management experience both in and out of the co-ops and has lived in the co-ops for over four years.
Beyond the creation of the facility manager position, compromises accepted by the Co-op include limiting the number of guests at the house to 30 people, allowing a non-voting representative of UC to sit on the board of directors, and prohibiting smoking in the house and candle burning inside and outside. General Manager George Proper said, “It took years of frequent discussion and debate to reach this point. Signing this lease today sets the stage for a healthy, mutually rewarding relationship between the Co-op and University of California.”
The largest room and board cooperative operated by the Co-op, Cloyne Court is home to 151 UC Berkeley students at 2600 Ridge Road. Designed by renowned architect John Galen Howard and built in 1904, “Cloyne Court Hotel,” a registered historic landmark, was originally home to faculty and visiting scholars.  The Co-op purchased the building in 1946, transforming it into student cooperative housing.  In 1970, the Co-op sold it the University of California in exchange for an extremely low cost lease arrangement, in accordance with the Co-op’s mission to provide low-cost student housing to university students.