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VALPARAISO | A Greek Row is rising at Valparaiso University as the school forms plans to build housing for six sororities on Union Street.

An architect for the project met with the city's Site Review Committee Tuesday to go over preliminary plans.

The sororities would be contained in six houses in one building with addresses of 805, 807, 809, 811, 813 and 815 Union St. There would be 25 beds per house. After final approval the project would begin in March and be completed by December.

The lot, on the northwest corner of University Park and Union Street, is currently empty and owned by the university.

"We're excited," said Carolyn Whittier, assistant dean of students for Greek life, leadership and volunteer programs. "It's new housing for our sororities. Our sororities currently live in Scheele Hall and this will be an updated option for them and also they will live in a more independent space than a shared residence hall space."

Whittier said after the move, Scheele Hall will be renovated into a traditional residence hall.

Whittier said the master plan of the university indicates there could also potentially be fraternity housing on Union Street although not by VU but by the individual organizations.

"It's not a part of the sorority housing project," she said.

The site review committee also went over plans for phase two of construction of the Mistwood subdivision, 2650 Harrison Blvd., and an addition to the Aldi store, 2906 LaPorte Ave.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.