Demolition will begin in a few weeks on the 1930s-era Kappa Sigma fraternity house at LSU after campus officials approved the move, according to a news release.

The demolition of the building, which was found to have foundation and structural damage and deemed uninhabitable in August, will clear the way for a new $7 million, 22,000-square-foot house at the site on Dalrymple Drive.

Alumni leadership, concerned about the building’s condition and soaring repair and maintenance costs, formed the House Steering Commission in 2013 to create and carry out a long-term plan for a house on campus.

After professional review, the only practical and economic option was to construct a new facility, the group has said.

The commission, which consists of alumni of all ages, is on track to raise $7 million needed to complete the project. “While we still have some work left to do, the finish line is near,” said Mike Busada, co-chairman of the group.

Milton J. Womack Contractors and the Bani, Carville & Brown architectural firm were chosen to construct the new facility. The new house will have three stories and construction should take around 18 months. Work will begin once the $7 million fundraising goal is met.

The Gamma Chapter of Kappa Sigma was chartered at LSU in 1869.

For information on the project and the fundraising campaign, visit www.lsukappasighouse.com.