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Legislative approval not needed for potential UND land sale

A bill allowing UND to sell land to university Greek organizations failed Friday in the Senate after it was determined the sale did not need legislative approval.

Senate Bill 2234 would have given legislative authorization to the university for the sale of land along University Avenue. However, Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, said it was determined the bill was "unnecessary" for the Legislature to take up. Its was defeated 44-2.

UND spokesman Peter Johnson previously told the Herald the Greek organizations could buy the land to build new houses. Further details about the potential of a sale are still in the works.

The houses would likely be built across the street from the current Greek Row on University Avenue, Johnson said. A large parking lot currently sits in the location, which is just east of Columbia Road and across the street from the High Performance Center and the parking garage.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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