PUNXSUTAWNEY — The dream of a renovated Pantall Hotel is still very much alive.
Tuesday Jefferson County Commissioner Jack Matson said he and Commissioner Herb Bullers recently attended a meeting in Punxsutawney where tentative plans were rolled out by PRIDE (Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing), for the future of the hotel.
The 64-room historic hotel was built in 1888 by Theo Pantall and was renovated in 1970.
In recent years the hotel ran into financial difficulties including back taxes. Tuesday Jefferson County Treasurer Jim VanSteenberg said the owners owed the 2017 taxes but were current on other back taxes.
Frank Roberts of the Punxsutawney Regional Development Council made a presentation about the hotel at a meeting with Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development Secretary David Davin several years ago. Roberts said that group was in contact with the owner of the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. He said the PRDC hoped to have control of the site and, once his group has site control it can begin to plan on renovating the structure.
Roberts said a complete overhaul would cost an estimated $5 million.