New Rutgers President's Home Gets $90K Makeover, Records Reveal

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The sprawling, aging, hilltop house that has served as home to five Rutgers University presidents got a nearly $90,000 makeover before the school’s new president moved in over the summer.

Renovations to the 84-year-old house included a new master bathroom, refinished floors, new paint, new windows, ceiling repairs, new lighting and dozens of other improvements, according to hundreds of pages of receipts obtained by The Star-Ledger through the state’s open public records law.

Rutgers officials said most of the work was long-overdue maintenance on the 14,000-square-foot residence, which is located on a bluff over the Raritan River in Piscataway. The renovations were completed in time for new Rutgers president Robert Barchi and his wife to move in when they arrived on campus in late August.

The cost of the project was a fraction of the nearly $600,000 Rutgers spent in 2002 to fix up the deteriorating house before the university’s previous president, Richard McCormick, moved in with his family.

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