Greek Row project in Missouri continues despite objections

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ Plans for a new Greek housing project at Southeast Missouri State University proceed despite criticism over the demolition of historic buildings.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Greystone Estate, which was built in 1921, was demolished Monday to make way for construction of the up to seven buildings for the proposed Greek Village. Another house built around the same time period is scheduled for demolitions as well.

Christine Owen, the granddaughter of J.W. Gerhardt, who built Greystone, had launched an online petition to save both buildings. The petition had collected more than 700 signatures. She and other preservationists urged the school to incorporate the historic buildings into its Greek Village plans, but the university said that renovating the houses were not economically feasible.

The new buildings will cost $1.8 to $2 million each.
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Information from: Southeast Missourian