Columbia Association’s Board of Directors regularly evaluates strategic options for how best to serve the community. One strategic discussion involves Columbia’s neighborhood centers — buildings that were originally conceived as community gathering spaces for meetings and for cooperative nursery schools. (These are not to be confused with the nine village centers, which feature grocery stores, dining, and other retail options and specialty services. There are also not to be confused with community centers such as Amherst House, Hawthorn Center, and Owen Brown Community Center, which house village community association offices and other functions.)

Most neighborhood centers date back to Columbia’s founding. Many do not meet existing building codes for ADA compliance and energy conservation. There are also ongoing costs to maintain and renovate these aging structures.  

There are no immediate plans to close any of Columbia’s neighborhood centers. CA is studying Columbia’s neighborhood centers to examine how to serve the current and future needs of the community while also balancing the costs for maintenance and renovations. 

Your input in this survey is valuable to CA’s Board of Directors as these strategic discussions continue.

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* 1. In which village do you reside?

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* 2. Have you or your child used a neighborhood center in the last 12 months?

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