Historic district targets proposed IU land swap

Indiana University
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Bloomington City Council hopes that giving a historic designation to a neighborhood next to the Indiana University campus will lead school officials to reconsider a plan for tearing down six houses.

The council voted Wednesday to approve creation of the University Courts Historic District. That’s where the IU Foundation has offered a land swap to Phi Gamma Delta for a new fraternity house.

University officials don’t need the city’s permission to demolish the houses because it is a state institution.

The Herald-Times reports City Councilman Chris Sturbaum says destroying houses in the neighborhood that dates back about 100 years would be careless and a mistake.

IU officials have said the land swap is contingent on the fraternity’s ability to raise money for a new house.

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