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IU Trustees Roundup: FIJI House, Assembly Hall Renovations

IU Trustees approved a plan to move a fraternity house into a nearby neighborhood and approved renovations to Assembly Hall and Sembower Field.

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Assembly Hall will receive $40 million worth of renovations.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees wrapped up their two day meeting in South Bend on Friday.

Here are some keep decisions that were made:

Moving The FIJI House

The IU trustees approved a plan to relocate and demolish homes in a neighborhood near the Bloomington campus to make way for a new fraternity house.

The plan, which is contingent on the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity raising enough money to build the new house, has raised concerns from residents who say the neighborhood, which is a designated historic district, will be marred if a fraternity house is built there.

Under the plan, four houses would be relocated and at least house would be demolished in the University Courts Historic District.

Assembly Hall Renovations

The trustees unanimously approved renovations for Assembly Hall.

Philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt donated $40 million last year to upgrade Assembly Hall

IU spokesman Mark Land said IU Assembly Hall will get whole new front entry way including a new ramp and south entrance:

“What was approved today was basically about broad strokes in the general timeline for the major renovation of Assembly Hall,” he said. “This is primarily interior work. The highlights of the work are going to be complete remake of south entrance to Assembly Hall.”

The renovation should be complete sometime between 2015 and 2016.

Revamping Sembower Field

The trustees also approved a plan to change Sembower Field into an intramural sports complex.

The field, which used to be the main field for the men’s baseball team, has gone out of use now that the new Bart Kaufman Field has opened.

The intramural complex will include artificial turf and lights to accommodate more students for recreational sports.

Two Trustees To Retire

Also from today’s trustees meeting, IU trustee Tom Reilly and William Cast announced they plan to retire.

Reilly and Cast were appointed to the board in 2005, and their current terms run through this year.

Because of the retirements, Governor Mike Pence will be tasked with appointing their replacements.

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