Campus News

Vacant McKeen Street Building to Be Taken Down

Story posted June 26, 2008

The former Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at 14 McKeen Street is scheduled to be razed beginning Monday, July 7, 2008.

The College began leasing the property in 1997 after the fraternity closed and acquired it in 2003. Zoning regulations in the Town of Brunswick prohibit the College from using the building as a student residence. A variety of administrative and other uses were thoughtfully considered, but it was determined that none of these would be appropriate.

The College listed the property for sale in May 2007; while there was some interest, the building has not sold. An advertisement seeking parties interested in removing and relocating the structure went unanswered.

Faced with the prospect of a deteriorating structure, an inability to sell the property, the potential for a fire and other damage to the building, the College decided, in consultation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Pejepscot Historical Society, to demolish the building.

The College recognizes the important role the former Beta House has played in the lives of many Bowdoin alumni and trusts that while the building that was home to many will not stand, the friendships and important bonds that were established there will endure.

Danley Demolition will be the project's contractor and will facilitate the recycling of the building's components. There will be some activity at the property before deconstruction work begins on July 7, and it's expected the building will be taken down by July 14. Work crews will spend the following week grading and seeding the property.

All steps will be taken to minimize traffic interference and any inconvenience to neighbors.

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