UA plans new sorority house on Maple Street

A 12-unit apartment complex on Maple Street could soon be demolished to make room for a new University of Arkansas sorority house.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Maple Street could soon be home to another new sorority house.

University of Arkansas officials plan to purchase several land parcels near the corner of Maple and Wilson Avenue next to Frisco Trail for a construction project that would continue the growth of Greek organizations on campus.

The first parcel is at 522 W. Maple St. and includes a 12-unit apartment complex. The university has agreed to purchase the property from Garton Holdings, LLC for $1.2 million, according to school documents. The plan is to demolish the apartment complex to make room for a new sorority house, according to a memo from Donald Bobbitt, UA System President.

A second purchase would include two parcels at 540 and 542 N. Frisco Ave. Each lot includes one single-family rental home. The school plans to purchase the properties for $199,500 from RCJL Legacy, LLC. Both homes would be demolished as part of the sorority house construction project.

A third proposed purchase includes a vacant lot at 535 N. Wilson Ave. The university has agreed to purchase the 0.196-acre lot for $310,000 from Mission Assets LLC.

The purchases are pending approval from the University of Arkansas System board, which meets today (Sept. 12) and tomorrow.

The planned new house is the latest in a series of projects that highlight the growth of sorority communities in Fayetteville.

The Delta Gamma sorority opened its new house at the corner of Maple Street and Arkansas Avenue last month, and the Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Mu sororities opened adjacent houses to the west on Maple last August.

Other recent sorority projects on Maple Street include a renovation and expansion of the Delta Delta Delta house, a new Kappa Delta house and a new Pi Beta Phi house.

University officials on Thursday said the new sorority house would likely be home to a Greek organization that’s new to the UA campus.