By KATHRYN LANDIS
After 2 1/2 years of planning, and building bonds of sisterhood from the ground up, the Eta Chi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma is finally starting work on its new house.
The groundbreaking will be at 3 p.m. April 29 at 507 Rollins St. Afterward, a reception will be held at the group’s current, temporary, house at 909 Richmond Ave. The groundbreaking also coincides with Tri Sigma’s Moms Weekend.
“It’s been interesting to make sure that everything goes off without any kind of problems,” Tri Sigma President Samantha Green said. “We’re essentially planning two events at the same time so of course it’s a little more stressful for those committees and for me.”
Green said that one of the reasons for hosting the event during moms weekend was to allow them to meet the national officers who will be coming in.
“We thought about it a long time,” Green said. “It would give our moms an opportunity for them to experience this with their daughters because this is a big deal for us and it’s a big moment for Tri Sigma nationally.”
Green has been able to meet with the housing corporation who had worked directly with the architect, Barry Agnew, and investors. She and the other members of the sorority were able to see the blue prints and give their input on the plans.
“We did want columns on the front of the house, it’s distinctly Greek, distinctly Mizzou so we did add those,” Green said. “They’ve been really great about getting our voice and our opinions on the new house.”
Before beginning plans for the house, other sororities at MU allowed Tri Sigma members to tour their homes to get a feel for what Greek housing was like.
Green said they have received a lot of support from the other houses during this process.
They have managed to stay within their budget of $4.5 million.
The new house will be 27,000 sq. ft. It will house 60 women, each in individual rooms all connected in groups of five by a living room and two half baths. The new house will also have an underground parking garage, which will be connected to the rest of the house by an elevator.
Green is unsure as to how many parking spots will be available, but she said they are looking to keep at least the 44 spots they have at their current location.
“I think it’s going to be a lot more private and more modern for students who are coming in and looking for that suite style,” Green said. “As far as I understand it, we will be the only chapter house to be offering that.”
To pay for the new home, initial investors have fronted the money, but the Tri Sigmas plan to pay back the money so they own the property. Right now their goal is to raise $150,000.
They plan to build a legacy walkway with bricks donated from members of other chapters and community members in Columbia with personal messages written on them. There is also an opportunity for individuals or organizations to sponsor suites and living spaces.
“You can have suites or our living room or dining room named after chapters or individuals,” Green said.
Information on the groundbreaking and fundraising projects can be found here.