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The UConn campus in Storrs. (Mark Mirko)

STORRS— The University of Connecticut is planning to demolish several former fraternity and sorority houses to create more green space on campus.

The nine buildings in the heart of the main campus date back to the 1920s when they were used as faculty housing before being acquired by Greek-letter organizations.

They were abandoned after the fraternities were relocated to the Husky Village housing complex in 2003, and the school says most of them have fallen into disrepair.

The school decided not to spend an estimated $9 million to renovate them.

Last month, the state’s Historical Preservation Office agreed to let the school demolish the houses.

The school says it also will remove a parking lot to create a large green space in the area.

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