Abandoned UNM fraternity house to be torn down

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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.

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