Getting rid of ‘Animal House’: Frats criticize ASU’s $70M Greek Leadership Village

A rendering of the new, $70 million Greek Leadership Village rising at Terrace and Rural roads. Will the Greek community really want to live there?

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times

Arizona State University’s $70 million Greek Leadership Village in Tempe aims to be nothing like Animal House.

Construction on the project began earlier this year on five acres at the southeast corner of Terrace and Rural roads, at the site of the old Cholla dormitory, which was razed last year. ASU expects students to begin moving in by the fall 2018.

It’s not designed for the rowdier types.

Renderings show the compound of 27 “townhouses” for fraternity and sorority chapters will be more like the area’s newer apartment complexes and dormitories. The Village will feature 950 beds and a separate, multimillion-dollar community center featuring a ballroom and meeting spaces.

The Arizona Board of Regents, which earlier approved ASU’s agreement to lease the land to American Campus Communities, approved ASU’s request to fund the community center last week.

Yet some members of ASU Greek community aren’t happy with plans for the new digs.

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