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Tempe tackling problems that off-campus fraternities bring

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A huge brawl between two ASU fraternities caught on tape is reigniting concerns about fraternities operating off-campus. The city of Tempe is trying to tackle the issue.

This is the first year that fraternities have been moved off campus. Many members have turned nearly apartment complexes and homes into unofficial fraternity houses.

Neighbors have complained about the parties and the noise, and Tempe Police say they're now responding to more fraternity-related calls.

This large fight between nearly 20 members of a fraternity and three from another ended with one person taken to the hospital. So far two ASU students have been arrested.

It is just one example of what's happening in some neighborhoods near campus. Neighbors have complained to the city.

"They noticed that fraternity-type activity was happening in their neighborhoods," says Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro.

Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro is working with the fraternities and ASU to try and come up with a plan to keep fraternities from moving into more residential neighborhoods.

"We are looking at our ordinances right now seeing what we can do on the city side to help mitigate the issue."

Right now, the fraternities don't have many options.

The university leveled all the fraternity houses on Alpha Drive, which forced many members into nearby neighborhoods. They've moved into homes and apartment complexes like the one where that fight broke out last month.

The laws in Tempe make it hard to prevent a large number of fraternity members from moving into the same complex.

"I am not saying that fraternities are bad. We just need to make sure that we are being proactive in finding a solution where they can have their organization in an area where they feel comfortable, the city feels more comfortable and the neighbors feel more comfortable," says Navarro.

Coming to a resolution will be tricky, but the hope is to have it resolved before the problem gets too out of hand.

Related story: Video shows violent brawl involving rival ASU fraternities

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