WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Purdue fraternity could soon be building a new frat house, possibly thanks to some impassioned pleas at Wednesday night's Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting.
The Purdue FarmHouse Association hopes to demolish the existing structure at Russell and State Streets that is 45 years old and build a new house.
Some current members and alumni urged the BZA to allow some special variances for the new building over the objections of area planning staff.
The BZA voted in favor of all the variances including reducing the amount of required parking spaces, increasing the building height to 39 feet from the standard 35 feet, allowing less vegetation and allowing the building to be set back about 5 feet from the current sidewalk.
"I'm really excited. This is just one of the major steps that we had to go through to tonight to get the new house underway," says FarmHouse Senior Eric Wagner. "I will probably never get to see the new house but I'm looking forward to the younger guys who will be able to experience it. I hope they enjoy it."
FarmHouse members say groundbreaking is several years away.
"We're trying to basically leaders out there in the community, school teachers, accountants, engineers. We're a diverse group," says FarmHouse alum Clinton Taylor.
Several controversial items that News 18 has been following were pulled from the agenda ahead of Wednesday, including the Sanders kennel and the proposed quarry on old State Road 25 near Americus.
The petitioner has asked to put the quarry on the agenda for the January 2014 BZA meeting.
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