Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman ready to move into new digs, after $200,000 in renovations

**This is hilarious... my homeboy from high school Mike leaves right across the street from this house & I used to work for the Pool Company that cleaned the pool at this house. Dude who used to live there was super cool. (shout out to ClearWater Pools... lol)**

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State University President Ronald Berkman will move into the university's new presidential residence on Thursday, now that about $200,000 in renovations are complete.

The Shaker Heights home, purchased for $808,000 in June by the CSU Foundation, is being leased to the university. It pays for Berkman's housing as part of his employment contract.

The upgrades include a new kitchen, renovation of two bathrooms and a sprinkler system.

Berkman, who started work in mid-July, has been staying at a Beachwood apartment rented by the university during the renovations.

Some of the work at the Shaker Heights house was aimed at making it more handicapped-accessible and comfortable for guests at university functions hosted by the president.

That could explain the Kohler "Memoirs" toilet with Glenbury Quiet-Close seat, listed at $998 on the Kohler Web site. The work done to raise the ceilings in the kitchen and master bathroom, along with the 72-inch by 36-inch soaking tub, may better accommodate the 6'4" Berkman.


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