Student society KSV St. Francis wants to include student accommodation in a new building on the Stadsbrink in Wageningen.
A drastic shortage of space has grown up at KSV over recent years, due to the massive increase in membership. The garage has already been sacrificed to create a new club room, whereas the ballroom of a kitchen is no longer needed. Hence the plans for renovation. There is also the fact that the KSV building is of no historical value; in fact the dubious 1960s architecture seems ripe for demolition and replacement with something better.
But why student accommodation? Scared that KSV members will soon be sleeping rough? 'Our maintenance costs and the gas bill go up every year', explains Klink. 'To keep the society financially healthy in the long term as well, we started thinking about the future of our building. And without student housing it will quite simply be difficult to build a new clubhouse here.'
To avoid any confusion, it is worth mentioning that the hundred-year-old society does not want to leave the Stadsbrink, where it has been for 44 years. It is well placed, next door to the Albert Heijn and the bus station, and near the town centre - which is where the town council wants to see student accommodation.