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Source: Press Release
Date: October 11, 2007
Byline: Ellen Manning

Signs of Black Horse Inn to Come

Pat DePaul and Ed Brower of the Springfield Township Public Works Department install new signage at the Black Horse Inn. Click for more pictures.

CONTACT: Ellen Manning, 267-241-1411

Flourtown, PA — New signage was installed recently at the Black Horse Inn to acknowledge the broad volunteer and financial support the restoration effort has enjoyed to date. The new sign also marked the beginning of a new phase of work being done on the Black Horse by Smith Contracting of Ben Salem.

"We're starting with the window wells in the basement and working our way up," says Lou Cionci, the project's manager for Smith Contracting. This second of three phases will encompass all of the exterior of the building, including stucco and wrap-around porch repair, as well as some of the interior stabilization and initial fit-out for future tenants. The third phase of the work, which is scheduled to begin when a majority of the fundraising is complete, will prepare the building for tenant occupation.

The new sign, crafted by local Bethlehem Pike sign-makers, Signs by Tomorrow, envisions a revitalized Black Horse Inn compliments of a new rendering by the project's architects, Seiler + Drury of Norristown. In addition to identifying the many volunteers involved with the project, the signage also acknowledges the broad financial support the effort has attracted thus far, from the many residents of Springfield and Whitemarsh Townships, to the state grants obtained through the office of Rep. Larry Curry and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Keystone Grant program, to the Save America's Treasures grant secured by Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

As owner of the historic inn, Springfield Township is also acknowledged for its support of the project. It is anticipated that the restored Black Horse Inn will be both a financial asset to the Township as well as an historical cornerstone in the revitalization effort of Bethlehem Pike.

For more information please contact Ellen Manning at 267-241-1411.

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