For resident Mitchell Licht, the extra company would be a welcome addition.

The new $2.5 million, 9,000 square-foot house at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is home to the Delta Chi fraternity — and the home’s August opening marked the first time a fraternity-owned house has been located on ERAU’s campus.

The home is the first building on what will eventually anchor a Greek Row at ERAU, and the university has room to accommodate three to four houses in the area, said Rodney Cruise, ERAU senior vice president for administration.

Having a Greek community on campus will enhance the student experience, he said.

“On our campus – our fraternity and sororities — have higher GPAs and they graduate faster,” Cruise said. “We believe an effective Greek system allows for a different experience and hope other fraternities and sororities follow Delta Chi.”

For Licht, an ERAU senior and president of the ERAU Delta Chi chapter, the move to campus would benefit both those in the Greek system and students apart from it.

“A Greek row has been something ERAU has been missing for decades,” Licht said. “Once there are more houses there, it will inspire more of a sense of community among students.”

The socially focused chapter has been at ERAU since 1972 and has been involved in numerous philanthropic causes and other events. But it has never resided on campus. When its former quarters on Ridgewood Avenue were demolished because of disrepair in 2005, the organization sold the land and placed the proceeds in escrow.

“It’s been a very long process,” Licht said of the relocation. “It was a multitude of things.”

Licht said he didn’t think ERAU was quite ready to have a fraternity on campus then as it is now. Moreover, the fraternity hadn’t had a steady president for five years and money, or lack of it, factored in the delay.

Former U.S. Rep. John Mica, himself a Delta Chi alumnus and chapter adviser, has been nudging the university for an on-site location for a number of years, Licht said.

“He’s one of the large reasons we have a house,” Licht said. “He’s done more than we could ever do for the chapter.”

Efforts led to Delta Chi securing a 99-year, $1-a-year lease for the land with ERAU, which also helped with landscaping and site work, Licht said.

However, the organization still needed to raise enough money to build a home.