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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Local Panels Declare Willow Grove Housing Site ‘Blighted’

  • August 11, 2011
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The Bucks County and Warminster planning commissions last week designated Shenandoah Woods — a 51-acre tract with 199 military housing units located near Willow Grove Naval Air Station in suburban Philadelphia — as a blighted area, a first step in the parcel’s redevelopment.

The property had multiple characteristics that helped it gain the designation, including a poor street and lot layout, uninhabitable homes and an economically undesirable land use, reported Warminster Patch. The designation could lower the property’s value when the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority attempts to buy it from the Navy, according to the story.

The Horsham LRA’s reuse plan for the housing site calls for the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority to purchase about half of the land from the Navy for the construction of 113 single-family and twin homes.

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