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Fraternity House Plan

By: Lynsley Smith
By: Lynsley Smith

Some landmark letters at FSU won't be up for long. Several fraternities, including Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon, have agreed to move to a new fraternity row off campus. Sigma Phi Epsilon President, Marty Mitchell, can't wait.

“The way campus is set up now, here and there. Greek community needs to be together so we can help each other out, help community out,” says Marty Mitchell, President of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Mitchell's frat house sits on some coveted real estate right across the street from classrooms. It's set to move here, with a dozen others, all on an old golf course along Ocala Road, some 35 acres donated to the university decades ago.

"So far, nine fraternities have made commitments they want one of 13 sites here and planners say it will be unlike anything else in the country.”

“The best thing is fraternities moving into brand new safe fire coded facilities, do this without any public funds spend on buildings, all privately financed, says Bob Kellam, Leon County Educational Facilities Authority.

But some fraternities like Sigma Nu are staying put, and they're worried the new development will split fraternity "haves" and "have-nots."

“The smaller frats with not a lack of money but less money are probably going to want to stay on campus with the ones with good location want to stay on campus,” says Bryan Schmidt, from Sigma Nu.

Meanwhile, some fraternities continue to build new houses on College Avenue, a sure sign they like their letters right where they are.


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