Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- A property owner willing to spend a quarter of a million dollars could buy the shuttered Sigma Nu fraternity house and property on the outskirts of New Wilmington.
Realator.com lists the property as a single or multi-family home built in 1920 with 6.5 acres with a listed price of $250,000.
The faternity's alumni board of trustees holds the property for the local Sig Nu chapter. The trustees have authorized the sale of the property after the Sigma Nu national organization revoked the charter for the Westminster chapter. The house closed after it lost the charter.
New Wilmington police have an open investigation relating to the fraternity. National leaders at the Sigma Nu headquarters in Virginia revealed their own investigation concluded local members violated rules regarding alcoholoic beverages, underage drinking and an illegal party that took place in May 2013.
"Members of the collegiate chapter engaged in activities and behavior inconsistent with the police and principles of Sigma Nu Fraternity and Westminster College," Director of Risk Education for Sigma Nu Fraternity Fred Droby told WCN. "The chapter property is owned by an alumni housing association. They have final say over what happens to the property."
"The violations related to alcohol misuse and hazing, as well as violations of the policies of Westminster College," said Brad Beacham, Executive Director Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.
The empty frat house now features a for sale sign from Haines Realty in front of it. The online realtor description of the property offers the following description for the shuttered Sig Nu home:
DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL! Over 6 acres of beautiful ground situated on the edge of New Wilmington Boro. Partly wooded rear lot w/ lovely little creek and a variety of stone walls. Large 2 story home w/ detached carriage house - both in need of much repair. City utilities and property size makes this unique for future building.
While the house on the real estate listings, WCN confirmed with New Wilmington Police Chief Carmen Piccirillio that a criminal probe was ongoing.
"We initiated our investigation in May of 2013," Piccirillo told WCN. "We are continuing to conduct our investigation vigorously. I can't tell you exactly what the end result is going to be because there is still a lot of work to be done."
The police chief is not saying when the investigation will wrap up and stresses it is ongoing.