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BGSU plans new Greek housing village

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A new housing village intended to help promote fraternities and sororities on campus will be constructed at Bowling Green State University.

The planned Greek housing village will replace fraternity and sorority houses to be torn down on Wooster Street, the current location of Old Fraternity Row. University officials determined that conditions at the existing fraternity and sorority houses on campus were substandard and renovating the buildings — some of which date back to the 1940s — would prove too costly.

The project also was driven by the university’s realization of the importance of fraternities and sororities to campus life, said Steven Krakoff, vice president of career planning and campus operations.

“We view membership in Greek organizations as a significant part of overall student engagement,” he told The Sentinel-Tribune newspaper.

Work on the project is scheduled to begin this week. But Krakoff said it will take some time to disconnect utilities and prepare the buildings to come down, so actual demolition won’t begin until later in the month.

The razed buildings will be replaced with a townhome village of 10 buildings with a capacity of 426 beds. The $30 million project is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2016.

 

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