Davis secures $75k grant for historic Penn McKee hotel

Funds to stabilize vacant hotel for redevelopment

McKEESPORT, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today Pittsburgh Rebuilding Together was awarded $75,000 in state funding for the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project in the city of McKeesport.

“The Penn McKee has been through its share of ups and downs. What was once the Mon Valley’s premier hotel and home to countless events, including the first debate between then-Congressmen John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, has now stood vacant and in severe disrepair for a couple of decades,” Davis said. “I helped to secure this funding with the hopes that it will help to create a new chapter in the Penn McKee’s rich history, one that holds a brighter future for the blighted landmark and the city of McKeesport.”

Davis said the funding comes from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and will be used for demolition, asbestos abatement, engineering and administration costs associated with the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project.

The grant is from DCED’s Keystone Communities Program, which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life.