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Renovation of Pollock House set to resume

Published: Fri, September 30, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.


Renovation of the historic Porter and Mary Pollock House on Wick Avenue is resuming, and work is expected to be done in May. Youngstown State University awarded the $2.2 million contract to DSV Builders of Niles, to serve as the general contractor for the project.

By Denise Dick



Construction to renovate the historic Porter and Mary Pollock House is resuming with completion expected in May.

Gene Grilli, Youngstown State University vice president for finance and administration, told university trustees this month that bids for the work came in on budget.

DSV Builders of Niles is the general contractor with a $2.2 million contract.

Earlier this year, project plans had to be scaled back after initial bids came in way over budget.

The original concept for the university-owned mansion was historical restoration, but after bids came in too high, that was changed to more of an adaptive reuse, officials have said.

When completed, the house will be the residence of university President Cynthia E. Anderson and future presidents.

“The first floor will be the main entertaining/gathering space of the mansion and will also include home office space for the president,” according to an update given to trustees’ finance and facilities committee. “The second level of the mansion will be the president’s residence and consist of a kitchen, great room, master suite, in-law suite and two sleeping rooms.”

The upper level won’t be renovated as part of the project.

A new slate roof, windows, siding repair, painting and landscaping are part of the planned exterior improvements.

The house was built in 1893 by Charles H. Owsley. It was owned by businessman Paul Wick, who gave it to his daughter, Mary, and her husband, Porter Pollock, who both lived in the house until their deaths.

Family members donated it to the university in 1950, and it served as classroom and office space until the 1980s.

That’s when a private developer built a 64-room addition on the mansion and opened it as a full- service hotel under the name Wick-Pollock Inn.

The hotel closed in 1998, and the building has been vacant since.

University officials have considered several uses for the building over the past couple of years, ultimately deciding to restore it to its original use as a residence and to alter the policy of providing a housing allowance for the president.


1NoBS(2763 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

$2.2 million. That's a big chunk of money for a university that's supposedly broke and demanding concessions. Do any of you union-haters begin to understand why the employees don't just roll over when the administration claims not to have any money?

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2One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


I agree that 2.2 million is a stupid-ass amount of money to renovate that place, but a 2-300K suburban-type McMansion would not begin to be even remotely as nice as that house. It's a beautiful historic structure that would be impossible to replace.

The only question I have is what exactly are they spending 2.2 million dollars doing? I suspect that much of it has to do with removing the Holiday-Inn type structure that was tacked onto the back side of the house to make it a "Bed and Breakfast" type Inn.

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3pgurney(296 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

WOW, no wonder the university cries poor and can't pay their faculty what they're worth.

Priorities, YSU - PRIORITIES.

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4shraar12(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm currently a part of the construction project and have spent some time in every part of that house ........I won't say what exactly I'm working on but in my opinion when you walk onto a job and all of the different tradesmen are laughing because of how screwed up the structure is you have to ask yourself if its worth the money ........it looks like someone ran around swinging a chainsaw and someone else followed him with a can of elmers glue .........they had termites and rotting problems .....it has had previous remodels .....the place looks like swiss cheese .......and all this being said .....we have all heard that she doesn't even want to live there ..........I'm making money off of this project but in my opinion they got in way over their heads and its too late to turn back......they should have thrown in the towel and cut their losses .......especially when my girlfriend tells me that their raising tuition next year and the faculty is giving concessions.........I would be extremely mad ......it is also rumored that the house was given to ysu under the condition that they can't tear it down

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