HUD Approves New Reuse Plan for Willow Grove Housing Site

The amended reuse plan submitted by the Horsham LRA for Shenandoah Woods — a 51-acre tract with 199 military housing units located near Willow Grove Naval Air Station in suburban Philadelphia — has been approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), allowing the authority to begin implementing the plan.

Under the new plan, the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority would purchase about half of the land from the Navy for the construction of 113 single-family and twin homes, reported phillyBurbs.com. The city of Warminster would obtain the other half of the site for storm water retention.

HUD had rejected the LRA’s original plan, which called for a nonprofit housing group to partner with a private firm to redevelop the parcel. Revenue from the redeveloped land would have paid for a fund to provide assistance to the homeless at an offsite location. That mechanism, though, “would constitute an inappropriate homeless assistance conveyance,” HUD determined, according to the story.

The approved plan replaces the developer with the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority.

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