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Renovations to UVM president's mansion nearly complete

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Renovations are almost complete at the president's house at the University of Vermont President.

Construction on the nearly-100-year-old Englesby House began in May. It is expected to finish up in a week. In total, the project cost more than $1.3 million; $700,000 of which came from privately-raised funds. The project had originally been slated to cost $875,000, but in addition to adding a new heating system and air conditioning, officials say brick and gutter work outside the house tacked additional costs to the project.

"Once all the scaffolding was put up and we started looking at the brick, we found you could pull the bricks out by hand. There wasn't any mortar left that was structurally sound," said Bob Vaughan, of UVM Capital Planning.

The project is set to wrap up next week, clearing the way for President Tom Sullivan to move in.

There is an additional project planned for the house next year, adding an accessibility ramp into the kitchen area. Because the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, they will need approval for that and say it could cost in the $70,000-$100,000 range.

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