2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:45:59 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Willow Grove Naval Air Station (PA)
Envisioning a future for Willow Grove air base

By Derrick Nunnally
November 13, 2009

The sudden announcement Thursday that Gov. Rendell has given up on converting the closing Willow Grove Naval Air Station into a hub for emergency and defense services threw the future of the 1,100-acre site again into question.

Two competing aims are now in play: the Navy's mandate to maximize profit - perhaps by selling most of the site to developers - and residents' ideas for something more idyllic than the old airfield.

An insider said today that a compromise is likely.

"It needs to be a mixture of things," said W. William Whiteside, chairman of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority, a township-created panel helping shape the base's redevelopment. "There needs to be some sort of business development there to provide income for the township and the school district. And we have to make sure that there's a certain amount of open space."


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