Phi Mu move-in delayed until January

Armando Marin, Online News Editor

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Members of Phi Mu’s executive committee will move into their new sorority house at 7220 Zimple St. in January after extensive renovations are completed. The members were originally scheduled to move in this fall after a house dedication ceremony, as reported in a Feb. 13 article in The Hullabaloo, but construction took longer than expected.

Phi Mu bought back the Zimple Street house this spring from Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, which had purchased it in 1999 from Phi Mu and rented it to Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, according to a Sept. 12, 2013 Hullabaloo article. Phi Mu has rented a house on Broadway Street from Zeta Beta Tau fraternity to operate during the time since it sold its house.

The renovations include a new roof, new hardwood flooring, new air conditioning systems and all new stainless steel kitchen appliances. Construction began over the summer and is scheduled for completion this November, according to a Tuesday press release from Phi Mu national headquarters.

Phi Mu’s executive director Darlene Reyes said in the press release that the house renovations will improve the operations of the sorority.

“[The house] will be the best of both worlds—a new house for Delta Chapter, yet a historic property that has been restored to the grandeur in which it was originally built,” Reyes said. “The completely revamped floor plan will create better flow for the chapter and more bedroom space for the residents.”

Chapter president Susan Hackett said in the press release that members are greatly anticipating the move into their original house. Phi Mu first purchased the house in 1957.

“Our members can’t wait to move in [to] the house in January,” Hackett said. “We are excited to return to Phi Mu’s roots in the house where Delta alumnae lived many years ago.”