Kevin Illige and Pam Lambert, who live northwest of the University of Arizona with their two young children, aren’t too keen on the possibility of 17 fraternity members living across the street from their home.
Their neighborhood is quiet, with limited parking, so converting an old market into a 17-bedroom rental for a group of students doesn’t fit, they say.
The husband and wife don’t mind seeing the property developed, but “we just want an appropriate use,” Lambert said.
A group of local investors, through a company called U of A Rental Properties LLC, purchased the property at 1414 N. First Ave. in October for $170,000, documents filed in the Pima County Recorder’s Office show.
The building has been vacant about six years, said Jarrett Reidhead, a managing partner of U of A Rental Properties.
The previous owner, Nu Way Studios LLC, was unsuccessful turning it into an art studio, Reidhead said.
The property has the appropriate commercial zoning for a group dwelling and the neighborhood will benefit from having the building occupied, he said. The location is also very close to the UA campus.
“What’s better than to try to keep the students close to campus?” Reidhead said.
Read more of this story Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star.