YOUNGSTOWN — The next president of Youngstown State University will call the Wick-Pollock Inn, 603 Wick Ave., home.
The YSU Board of Trustees voted today to restore the original 16-room mansion as a single-family residence at a cost of about $4.4 million.
A 60-room hotel wing added to the structure in 1980 will be demolished and the official presidential residence will be located on the second floor of the house, which the trustees have renamed the Porter and Mary Pollock House. The house was built in 1893 by Paul Wick and his daughter, Mary, and her husband, Porter Pollock, lived in it until their deaths.
The building has been vacant since 1998 and the trustees had recently adopted a plan to convert it into a conference center with up to 11 guest rooms.
Scott Schulick, chairman of the board of trustees, said the decision to make it the president’s residence came as the trustees began looking at candidates to succeed David C. Sweet who retires as president June 30 of this year. The question about housing for the new president was raised, and the board decided YSU should have its own presidential residence, he said. Sweet has lived in his own residence, receiving an annual housing allowance from the university.
Read more on this story in Thursday’s Vindicator.