Land Purchased For Sorority House

The Pi Beta Phi sorority house at the intersection of Maple Street and Wilson Avenue, pictured Sept. 29, is located next to the potential new location for the Alpha Gamma Delta house.

UA officials are planning to build a new sorority house near the corner of Maple Street and Wilson Avenue by the Frisco Trail.

UA Board of Trustees members approved the purchase of three plots of land for $1.7 million at the Sept. 12-13 meeting, said Nate Hinkel, director of communications for UA Systems, in an email.

There is no timeline set for the prospective Alpha Gamma Delta house, said Mike Johnson, the associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, in an email. He has not received information pertaining to house plans, sketches or a budget.

The first property officials agreed to purchase was for $310,000 from Mission Assets LLC, according to a memo from UA System President Donald Bobbitt. The second property, which has a 12-unit apartment, was approved to purchase for $1.2 million from Garton Holdings LLC. Officials agreed to buy the third parcel of land for $199,500 from RCJL Legacy, LLC. Officials will use the University Reserves to purchase the properties.

Building a new sorority house is an extensive process, said Melissa Harwood-Rom, senior associate vice chancellor, in an email. The university must first enter into a lease agreement with the sorority. Both the organization and the school will then decide on design and construction teams, followed by the construction phase.

Tegan Shockley is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where she has been a staff reporter since 2017.

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