Council hopes historic value nixes IU land swap


Bloomington leaders concerned about a proposed land swap that could lead to the demolition of six houses hope a new historic designation persuades Indiana University to reconsider the plan.

The Herald-Times reports the IU Foundation has offered the houses to Phi Gamma Delta in exchange for the fraternity's Third Street house.

The houses are among 65 properties in the proposed University Courts Historic District. More than half of the properties are owned by IU, which isn't required to obtain local permission before demolishing structures.

City Council members say they hope the designation prompts IU and the fraternity to reconsider.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the land swap is contingent on the fraternity's ability to raise money for a new house. He declined comment on the historic district proposal.

Information from: The Herald Times 

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