Date: August 4, 2005
Byline: Bonnie L. Cook
Funds for the Black Horse Inn
Federal money has been allocated to repair the inn and to improve part of Bethlehem Pike.
Efforts to restore the historic Black Horse Inn and improve a section of Bethlehem Pike in Springfield Township are getting underway in earnest.
It will be announced today that $150,000 in federal funds has been appropriated to restore the 18th-century inn, and $800,000 more in federal funding has been allocated to spruce up a section of Bethlehem Pike where the inn is located, according to figures provided by an aide to U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, (D., Pa.).
The staffer said the $150,000 grant will have to be matched by local fund-raising efforts, from the public, corporations, foundations and government bodies at the township, state and federal level.
The funds mark the first sizable sum of money to flow to the Black Horse project. The inn, where stagecoach riders once rested on their travels, was built around 1774 and needs an overall $1.5 million facelift.
"Everyone involved is both heartened and energized by the news," said James Mascaro, chairman of the township's Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee, which is monitoring the restoration project.
The money is from the federal Save America's Treasures program.
The project will be carried out during the next three years. It includes rebuilding the chimneys, windows and roof this year, and tackling the interior next summer.
Once restored, the Black Horse will become the central part of a larger project to make Bethlehem Pike between Valley Green Road and Gordon Lane an appealing pedestrian shopping district, township plans show.