News - September 24, 2009

Unitas and Arbori need new homes

Youth association Unitas in Wageningen needs a new building. Arbori in Velp has been looking for a new home for a year. Time is running out.

The Arbori building in Velp
Accommodation is the magic word in Unitas's new business plan, but exactly what the criteria for the new building should be is not yet clear. 'Our dream building would be in the middle of town or right next to the Forum, but we have to be realistic', says Sebastiaan Ploemacher, the new chairman of Unitas. 'We have appointed a 'move committee' to explore the possibilities.' Meanwhile, the association is operating from various temporary locations.
Financial difficulties forced Unitas to vacate its former building and sell the furniture this summer. A new business plan was then drawn up, which made big changes to the finance system. This should reduce the risks for Unitas if a party is not well-attended. 'We're going to throw fewer parties and for big parties we might hire space elsewhere', says Sebastiaan.
At the Velp students' society Arbori, they know exactly what they want: A pub-like building in Velp. 'But there is no sign of such a building at the moment', says José Meijer, from Arbori's move committee. 'We've looked for cafes in houses, but they are far too expensive. Now we are looking outside Velp too, although that's not really what we want. Luckily, our present landlord has given us an extension until 1 January 2010. Then he wants to turn his own pub into a cafe restaurant and use our room for parties.'
Arbori has now set its sights on temporary accommodation in the old VHL buildings at the Larenstein estate. 'Those buildings are empty. If we party there in the evenings, it won't bother anyone.' Arbori is in talks with VHL. 'It could go either way. We will also have to see what the municipal council thinks about it. The fire brigade thinks it should be possible to use some of the rooms there, although they might need fireproof ceilings put in.' José fears there may not be a solution by January, but she doesn't give up hope. 'You never know, you might just come across the right building all of a sudden.'
'No concrete corrosion'
KSV St. Francis, however, is not looking for a new place. Rumour has it that the society has to move because of concrete corrosion. 'That rumour keeps resurfacing, but our building is well-maintained', says board member Loek Verwijst.  Because KSV is in an old building, the students' association has it checked regularly by an engineering firm. 'They've found nothing wrong.' /Stijn van Gils