Davis, state Sen. Costa announce $500,000 grant for Carnegie Library of Homestead

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jay Costa, Jr., both D-Allegheny, today announced the award of $500,000 to the Carnegie Library of Homestead for improvements to its Music Hall.

“This funding is crucial to the improvement of the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s Music Hall,” Davis said. “The Carnegie Library System is fundamental to the overall improvement and education of our youth, and I’m elated to know we are continuing to put our best foot forward when it comes to ensuring our children are given every opportunity to succeed. I’m excited to see the outcome of this project now that this grant has been secured.”

“The Carnegie libraries and our community libraries are an incredible asset in our region, especially Homestead, which has been integral to the Steel Valley for more than 100 years,” Costa said. “I will always advocate for these libraries at the state level, and I’m excited to see the improvements that they will be making with today’s grant.”

With the funding secured today, the Carnegie Library of Homestead will install a new ADA-compliant passenger elevator that will provide wheelchair access from the exterior walkways to the lobby, balcony and basement restroom levels of the Music Hall. Approximately 1,200 square feet of total floor area (on three levels) will be carefully demolished, modified and renovated to provide the new elevator and knit together the elaborate and historic marble, cast iron and plaster finishes in the lobby.