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Ohio college to build new Greek village

– A new housing village intended to help promote fraternities and sororities on campus will be constructed on a university campus in northwestern Ohio.

The planned Greek housing village at Bowling Green State University will replace fraternity and sorority houses to be torn down. University officials determined that conditions at the existing houses on campus 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 in Bowling Green.

The razed buildings will be replaced with a townhome village of 10 buildings with a capacity of 426 beds. The $30 million project is to be completed by fall 2016.

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