City wants abandoned UNM frat house demolished

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city says it wants an old frat house at the University of New Mexico gone for good.

Ruined, damaged and dilapidated: those are the words the city uses to describe the building at 1815 Sigma Chi near University and Lomas on UNM’s campus.

“Definitely doesn’t make the university look appealing,” said one person near the frat house.

It was once home to the now dissolved UNM fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. It’s been abandoned for close to 10 years.

On Monday night, city councilors will decide if the house should be torn down.

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

In a note from the mayor, he calls the building dangerous, asking councilors to take action. He also says if the owner doesn’t tear it down, the city will spend $85,000 to do it and the owner will be required to pay it back.

UNM officials tell KRQE News 13 they’re all for the proposed demolition, saying they want to keep the campus clean and safe.

As for people who walk by it every day, they agree it’s got to go. “It’s an ugly building so if they’re going to tear it down and make it better than I’m all for it,” said Josh Brady, student.

The city could try to demolish more homes on Greek row in the future.

Currently there are five different abandoned houses including the Lambda Chi House.

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