10 Firms Vie to Become Master Developer for NAS Willow Grove

Ten developers have responded to the request for qualifications from the LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa., allowing the authority to stay on track to reach agreement with a master developer by the end of the calendar year.

At the board meeting last week of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority, Executive Director Mike McGee said he was pleased by the healthy response as well as by the candidates’ conclusion that the redevelopment plan for the 862-acre site located outside of Philadelphia was viable.

“This has me tremendously excited,” McGee said. “The end of this tunnel will come someday,” he added.

The Navy hopes to transfer the portion of the property including the runway and taxiway to the LRA late this year or in the first quarter of 2015, reported the Montgomery News. A second transfer, of property along Route 611, could take place in 2016.

The authority also is waiting for the Navy to finish preparing a final environmental impact statement and its response to the LRA’s application for an economic development conveyance, according to the story. The site’s redevelopment plan calls for a town center; 1,486 residential units; 1.8 million square feet of commercial uses, including a hotel/conference center; and 452,000 square feet of other uses, including a recreation center, new school, aviation museum and open space.

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