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Council Votes to Restrict Fraternity House Sites

April 23, 1998|MIMI KO CRUZ

Fraternities and sororities planning to open and operate houses within 1,000 feet of each other will not be allowed to do so.

City Council members this week voted 3 to 2 in favor of the restrictions, saying the proximity of six fraternity houses in the city has caused numerous problems.

Keeping the houses farther apart might prevent problems, including noise and unruly parties that disturb neighbors, officials said.

Residents have complained about the city's unofficial frat row on Teri Place for years and police recently asked the city to revoke Tau Kappa Epsilon's permit to operate its house on that street. The fraternity, however, was given until August to clean up its act or face losing its permit for good.

Council members Chris Norby and Jan Flory opposed the 1,000-foot separation law. Flory called the distance limit excessive and "heavy-handed," and Norby said he would rather consider each application for a fraternity or sorority house on a case-by-case basis.

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