Location
233/239 J Street
Owned cooperatively by
Solar Community Housing Association, of which residents are members
Groundbreaking
2011-07
Completion
2011-09-30

What's co-opping all about? It's a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too. The co-op is an 8 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 kitchen house, with a giant garden where a lawn would normally be. We share (mostly) vegetarian home-cooked meals 4 nights a week, and each member is also responsible for a weekly chore and occasional work parties around the house and garden. We purchase bulk and staple foods as a group, and try to produce as much of our own food as possible in the garden. The house is fairly quiet, and usually peaceful, though we do frequently have dinner parties.

• We are a mix of students and professionals • This is not a student co-op, but we are "low income" housing • We strongly encourage all types of people to apply, even if you have no gardening or co-opping experience! • Please fill out our application using the following URL if you are interested in living here!: http://tinyurl.com/cornercoop

Brief History of Corner Co-op:

On the corner of Third and J Streets, these structures house eight residents in a cooperative community. formally called Cornucopia Corner Cooperative and affectionately called the corner coop. On August 2nd, 2010 SCHA moved two historic homes from 311 and 315 B St to 3rd and J where they have been retrofitted as a green, affordable cooperative. See website for details. After the makeover, both houses are (August 2011) certified for occupancy as an 8-bedroom cooperative; an "open co-op" was held on the afternoon of October 15, 2011.

Some history: on July 28, 2009 the City Council (acting as the Board of the Redevelopment Agency) accepted our proposal to develop the now-vacant lot on the corner of J and 3rd Str. See the City of Davis RFP site for project documents. Habitat for Humanity Yolo County also submitted a proposal. Both organizations do very valuable work and can help advance the city's low-income housing plans. The support of neighbors and the proximity to the existing J Street Co-op may have lead Council members to recognize that this is a precious chance to meet the overwhelming demand for cooperative housing in Davis. If you would like to get involved in this project, do get in contact with us at the SCHA web site!

The 'Corner Co-op' received a complaint from the city in the late spring of 2012 over concerns of the 'weeds' in the yard. At the time the corner-ists were at the tail end of their land restoration project to prepare for home gardening. The cover crop was a mix of rye grass, vetch and, clover (to fix nitrogen) with mustard to break up the soil after compaction from construction.

As of August 2012 the Corner Coop had a prolific yard with string beans, tomatoes, basil, eggplant, bell peppers, summer squash(including zucchini) , winter squash, melons and a collection of herbs.

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