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.

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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.