Abandoned UNM fraternity house to be torn down

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Heavy equipment will be rolling in to tear down an abandoned fraternity house on Sigma Chi Road near University and Lomas Tuesday.

The house was once the home of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. It’s been abandoned for close to 10 years. The fraternity lost its right to be on campus back in 2005 after rape allegations.

The house has also been the victim of several fires over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that the building went before city council for condemnation.

“Those that are vacant for a period of 12 or more months, without any remodeling, rehabilitation, repair work, they can become eligible for consideration of condemnation and ultimately demolition,” said Brennon Williams, City of Albuqueruqe.

The mayor even got involved, calling the building dangerous and saying that if the owner didn’t tear it down, the city would have to spend $85,000.

The owners did say they would take care of the demolition. Now the city says that is being completed at no cost to the city or tax payers, thanks to those owners and the code enforcement division.

Of the 11 Greek houses on campus, five of them are abandoned, including this one.

KRQE.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s