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UC may spend $600K to fix empty presidential mansion

Blake House is seen on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Kensington, Calif. As the University of California prepares to welcome Janet Napolitano as its next president, the college system's governing board is being asked to repair and renovate this 13,269-square-foot mansion that for decades housed her predecessors. Blake House, located in East Bay hills not far from the Berkeley campus, has been vacant since 2008 and declared uninhabitable following years of neglect. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

September 18, 2013 11:24:20 AM PDT
The UC Board of Regents is considering a plan to spend $600,000 to fix an empty mansion in the East Bay hills.

The Blake House is located in Kensington, just north of Berkeley.

University of California presidents have lived at the home since 1968. But it's been vacant for five years and needs major repairs.

It's in such bad shape, the UC will spend $10,000 a month to rent a house in Oakland for incoming President Janet Napolitano.


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