KSU to demolish Delta Upsilon house


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The Esplanade extension construction caused a slight inconvenience for Kent residents trying to navigate areas around South Lincoln throughout the summer, but the extension will be causing an even bigger inconvenience for Delta Upsilon.

The Delta Upsilon house, which is currently located at 202 S. Lincoln St., has been purchased by Kent State with plans to demolish and replace it with the new architecture building.

“The university is purchasing their home, and therefore, obviously, they will no longer have a place to live, so we’ve been in contract negotiations with them to look at what are their options,” Greek Affairs assistant director Meredith Bielaska said.

This will be the first time in more than 20 years that the Delta Upsilon fraternity has moved. According to the Portage County Auditor’s website, the property has been owned by the Delta Upsilon KSU Alumni Chapter Inc. since March 17, 1993.

Bielaska said that the contract negotiation with Delta Upsilon includes various options. The fraternity could either go without a home or use the money received from the purchase of their South Lincoln Street home to move to a new facility.

Two potential areas for them to move to is a plot on Fraternity Circle or in Greek Village, the latter of which is considered university property.

“We do not intend to ever at any point become landlords,” Bielaska said. “Even with the [Kappa Sigma] house that’s over by the Rec Center and those fields over there, we lease the land to the organizations.”

Bielaska said turning over the land through leases allows the university to have some control to ensure that the house is later maintained to uphold what is expected for state code.

“Unlike some of the houses in downtown, not so much our fraternity houses, but some of the rental properties, I’m sure [are not up to state code],” Bielaska said. “We’ve had some issues with landlords that don’t maintain their properties to the best of their ability, and we don’t want our students to be living in houses that are sub-code.”


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