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Hamilton and Sigma Phi Agree to Terms

Last of Former Fraternity Houses to be Sold to the College

By Mike Debraggio
Posted February 14, 2003
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Hamilton College and Sigma Phi Society have come to terms agreeing to the sale of the organization's chapter house to the college.

The structure is located along Campus Road next to the Daniel Burke Library. It has been vacant since fraternity houses at Hamilton were closed beginning in the fall of 1995 as part of the college's Residential Life Plan. At the time, there were seven private society houses on the Hamilton campus. All but Sigma Phi have been sold to the college.

"The contract that was signed Thursday (Feb. 6) is between the college, the fraternity's national organization and the alumni leadership of the local chapter," said Hamilton Vice President for Investments and Treasurer Daniel J. O'Leary. "The next step is for the fraternity to poll its alumni members to gain approval for the sale. We will then schedule a closing for the property, pending the results of the vote."

O'Leary said the college has not determined how the former fraternity house will be used, but it is unlikely to be renovated for student housing.  Hamilton is currently working with an architect to convert the former Psi Upsilon House on the north side of College Hill Road into a student residence. O'Leary said he believes the Sigma Phi house will be used for administrative or academic space, faculty offices, or to support the programs and services offered by the Burke Library.

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