It was stated at the May 2019 Board of Trustees meeting that UCA will sign a 25-year lease agreement for Greek Village Phase II.
The Greek Village renovation consists of two phases. Phase I built the five sorority houses for the Panhellenic sororities and one house for the National Panhellenic Council sororities; ground breaking for this phase began in spring 2014, and the official Grand Opening for the houses took place during Homecoming in 2015.
Only some of the fraternities on campus are involved with Greek Village phase II. Sigma Tau Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Nu are the three IFC fraternities participating in the project.
According to the May board meeting minutes, “The three [IFC] fraternity houses will be located on the east side of Donaghey Avenue in the two blocks between College Avenue and Martin Street. The fraternity houses will be operated as university housing and have 20 beds per house.”
Phase II will also include a house for the NPHC fraternities.
According to the UCA website, “Four NPHC fraternities will have meeting spaces in the facility. Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma are the four fraternities participating in the project.”
According to the May 2019 UCA board meeting minutes, “The NPHC facility will be located in the area between Western Avenue and Augusta Avenue, adjacent to the existing NPHC sorority facility.”
According to UCA’s website, “The NPHC fraternity complex will be 4,730 square feet with chapter rooms as well as other amenities... Current and future members will study, socialize, fellowship, learn leadership skills and create memories here.”
The UCA Foundation is helping fund Greek Village Phase II, but the participating fraternities were still required to help pay for their houses.
“[In order to receive a house in phase II,] each [IFC] fraternity had to raise $250,000,” Interfraternity council director Katilin Frazier said. “$125,000 of that total had to be cash donations, while the other half can be given in the form of pledges paid out over five years.”
Each NPHC fraternity chapter had to raise $50,000 and many fraternities fundraised to pay for their phase II house.
“We called on our alumni and friends to be part of our chapter’s history by supporting our fundraising endeavors,” Pi Kappa Alpha’s President Senior Trace Huckabay said.
Huckabay said that the new area will be “a space for our current and future brothers to live, study, socialize, fellowship, learn leadership skills, and create memories.”
The conversation to rebuild Greek village isn’t new. The first presentation of Greek Village phase II was made to the Board of Trustees on May 13, 2016.
According to the minutes from this Board of Trustees meeting, “Ronnie Williams, vice president for student services, and Diane Newton presented the board with the proposed size of fraternity houses, locations, and pro-formas for Greek Village Phase II.”
According to the UCA website, the houses will be completed in fall 2020.