Some UC regents discuss unloading university-owned mansion

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property.

The idea was broached as a regents committee approved initial repairs of Blake House, the estate where most UC presidents had lived since the 1960s but which has been empty for the last five years. The 13,200-square-foot-residence, located about 11 miles north of the UC system's Oakland headquarters, needs a major overhaul, officials say.

Administrators have estimated that a full overhaul of Blake House could cost between $3.5 million and $6 million.

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