This is the city of Kalamazoo’s record re: the house. There are probably some noteworthy events to be mined from this.
Excerpts from a “Chapter Update” in the Chi Tetarton Newsletter December 2013.
For the past several years we had slowly chipped away at the houses [sic.] overall debt and this past semester we have nearly erased it entirely.
Also in big news for the fraternity, we have secured a house on Fraternity Village Drive for next year. It has been the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house for the past several years. The house is large enough to accommodate 18 brothers and has a big social room and backyard.
The biggest battle we have faced for the past couple years is being won. We were in debt to the national fraternity, but due to the hard work of active brothers, we have lowered our debt tremendously just over the summer. IHQ is pleased with our work and is appreciative of all the efforts we have put forth this year!
From: Evan Prostovich [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:06 PM
Subject: RE: the demise of the PSK property at Western Michigan U
In regard to your questions surrounding Droopy Corporation/ Chi Tetarton Housing Corporation I cannot speak for what was done prior to PSK Properties’ involvement or provide any specifics regarding how the loan funds were spent. In general, my understanding is that Chi Tetarton Housing Corporation became Droopy Corporation. I do not know why they needed to create a new corporation, but Droopy Corporation was the local chapter’s non-profit alumni housing corporation just like the old one. There were no beneficiaries or stockholders. It is my understanding that the funds from the loan were used for a new roof, new siding, new windows, new HVAC, and completely renovated 1st floor. I also think landscaping was done, parking lot paved, new fence put up, etc. Beyond that I do not have further details on prior operation of the property by the Chi Tetarton alumni. I would recommend that you contact your fellow alumni should you seek further information on the history of the property prior to PSKP’s involvement.
When we took over the property, we assumed control of Droopy Corporation and assumed payments on the mortgage, the balance of which was over $89,000. The capital that PSKP lost was from operation of the property over the course of the 3 years that we operated it and included debt service, renovations, repairs, local management, insurance, taxes, etc. PSKP did not charge any sort of fee whatsoever for our general oversight and operation of the property, the losses were all from outside expenses and money put into the facility. The rent and parlor fees collected did not cover our operating expenses and thus the losses were accrued. The additional funds came from our operations at other properties.
I recently spoke with Evan, the PSK properties manager. Basically the outstanding debt on the property is approximately $87K. My idea is for us to raise the money needed to pay off the debt, continue allowing PSK properties to manage our asset, and have them invest the money needed for us to attract renters back into our house. Although the amount of money sounds like a lot, if one breaks it down and we get 200 people to donate a tax deductible contribution of $435.00($36.25/month for 12 months) the debt is paid. For your recognition, I would like to propose we have a plaque with a list of all the patrons assembled and presented at our 50th anniversary. This is a unique way of preserving our heritage and keeping our traditions as the longest standing chapter house at Western Michigan University.
Seeing that the number of our alumni with facebook accounts is increasing, I’ve decided to create a group to help communicate alumni events and the happenings of the chapter.
Just so you all know the PSK Properties board has been forced into selling the Chi Tet House on 446 Stanwood. If PSK has a good address for you then you should receive a letter going into more details about the decision. Essentially they active chapter was not paying rent on time, the amount of rent necessary is more that the chapter wants to pay, and they want to move down to Fraternity Village. At this time the Property Board is looking to find other renters (non Phi Sig) for next year or they will entertain offers to sell the house out right. Sorry for the bad news, but knowing the efforts that Evan and the Properties board put into the house and chapter it is the right business decision.
March 29, 2010 at 8:45pm
Matt Parowski – I was initially upset after hearing this, as some of you may be as well; however, after speaking to the chapter I have a better understanding of the situation and how this move will strengthen the chapter.
It was not that the chapter did not want to pay the rent, they could not afford to pay the rent because the parlor fees were raised from $250 a month to $750 a month. The costs associated with keeping that house became out of range of the chapters annual budget. They have raised dues and held multiple fundraisers but that was not enough to offset the ever increasing costs.
Our chapter is the only fraternity on campus that does not have a central location in Fraternity Village. This has made it very difficult to recruit new members as well as stay involved with the rest of the greek community. Moving down to the village should put them back in touch with the community and help them to grow exponentially. We’ve always had a strong presence in the greek community and this move will only help to strengthen our position.
There are a lot of great memories for everyone in the Stanwood house, but as the times change, we need to be receptive to change as well or our fraternity will die. I would like to ask that everyone continue to support the chapter as much as they can and not take any offense to what is happening. Although the Stanwood house may be gone, the memories we had in it will never go away. Where ever the chapter may be physically, we still need to make an effort to reunite for Alumni Association events to share those memories and show our support for the undergrads.
I would also like to thank Mark Caldwell and all of the other alumni for their support of the chapter over the years. It has not gone un-noticed.
There are talks of a golf outing this summer and a last hurrah at the Stanwood house before they guys move out. Keep your eyes out for further details.
March 30, 2010 at 7:25am · Like
March 26, 2010
c/o Chi Tetarton Alumni Association
2431 Edsel Dr.
Trenton, MI 48183
Alumni Brothers of the Chi Tetarton Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa:
This letter is being sent as a courtesy to make you aware of the course of action that the board of directors of Phi Sigma Kappa Properties, Inc. (PSKP) is taking with the property at 446 Stanwood, Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as our collective efforts (PSKP and Grand Chapter) to assist the chapter in overall chapter management.
Last month, the PSKP board was given notice by the executive board of the Chi Tetarton Chapter that it will not be renewing its lease on the Stanwood property. The executive board stated the following reasons for their difficult decision:
- The Stanwood house is a financial burden to the undergraduate chapter as a result of the reduced income stream created when the lower bedrooms were removed;
- Western Michigan University no longer follows a formal recruitment system — freshmen have to find fraternities on their own which takes them exclusively to Fraternity Village Drive, putting Phi Sigma Kappa at a distinct disadvantage;
- The Stanwood house has a number of deferred maintenance issues which makes it an unattractive housing option for the members.
As a result of the chapter’s decision, the Stanwood house is currently without a tenant for the upcoming school year. Accordingly, a real estate broker has been engaged to offer the property both for sale and for lease as a way for PSKP to attempt to mitigate the financial
damage to the organization. The property is currently being operated at a deficit, and in the event of a sale it is unlikely that PSKP will receive funds in excess of its basis in the property.
While the decisions made by the undergraduate members have led to this decision, the PSKP board of directors does not hold a critical view of their decision. The current Chi Tetarton executive board has made a conscious effort to improve the chapter, along with our assistance and the assistance of the Grand Chapter. One example of this was taking the step of expelling problematic members.
Accordingly, PSKP and the Grand Chapter will continue to support the chapter by working with the executive board to secure a lease on a new property on or near Fraternity Village. In the true spirit of fraternity, PSKP wants to be a trusted advisor in the chapter’s quest to realize growth and success.
The PSKP board of directors understands that 446 Stanwood holds many fond memories for the Chi Tetarton alumni, but the chapter has spoken with a loud and unified voice, leaving little choice but to look for alternative scenarios with the property. PSKP thanks you for your support and any support you can provide the chapter during this challenging but hope-filled transition. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either one of us.
Evan Prostovich Michael Carey
Director of Operations Executive Director
PSK Properties Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity