The historic Kennedy Supplee Mansion at the Valley Forge National Historical Park is undergoing hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations in the hopes of attracting future tenants, writes Kenneth Hilario for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The building, once an upscale restaurant, has been vacant for more than a decade. Its rehabilitation will bring a balance to other recent developments in the area, while also creating local jobs and tax revenue.
“Using a site like this for a restaurant, and even a bed-and-breakfast, creates jobs and some tax revenue for the local municipality and Pennsylvania,” said David Fiorenza, economics instructor at Villanova. “Vacant sites can be unsafe and are not attractive when people are traveling in or by the park area.”
The $410,000 renovation project on the 15,000-square-foot building close to the park’s entrance was started by the National Park Service earlier this year. The work includes replacing the roof and repairs to the stucco and exterior architectural details.
According to park officials, work on the exterior should be completed by late spring, before work on the interior can begin.
Read more about the Kennedy Supplee Mansion in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.