COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland is waiting for approval to demolish the 55-year-old brick mansion that serves as the official residence school’s president.

The Baltimore Sun reports the home will be razed this fall and replaced with a new structure if the state’s Board of Public Works approves the demolition Wednesday.

The 5,600-square-foot home has not been upgraded in 20 years, has no fire sprinkler system and is not accessible to the disabled.

Work on a new $7.2 million home and event center is on track to be finished in July. The president of a nonprofit group overseeing the project says the foundation is raising money through private donors.

The school’s current president, Wallace Loh, is living in a home he purchased near campus.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. seriously? says:

    good idea maryland. whats $7.2m anyway? how about donating that money for scholarships since the sports teams were cut! priorities!!!!

  2. Jeff says:

    Priorities in America today. We are what we DO not what we boast, or wish, or think of ourselves.

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