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 there 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.
Assistant Dean of Students Chris Bullins has been leading an effort to reinvigorate fraternities and sororities on campus.
“They are a way for students to get involved and engaged on campus,” Bullins said.
He said Greek organizations value leadership and civic engagement and help boost school pride. Students who belong to Greek organizations also tend to remain loyal to the institution after graduation, donating time and money to the school, Bullins said.
The village, which will include a courtyard and walkways, should be a major attraction for sororities and fraternities, according to Bullins.
There are about 1,500 members in fraternities and sororities at Bowling Green State University, the newspaper reported.