Willow Grove Redevelopment Slowed after Navy Delays Impact Study

The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove may be forced to push back its target for submitting its economic development conveyance (EDC) application after the Navy acknowledged the environmental impact statement (EIS) it is preparing for the installation’s disposal has been delayed.

The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority had been planning to submit the application to the Navy to obtain the property’s 862 acres by the end of the calendar year but now it may not be ready until early in 2014. The authority wants to see the EIS before it submits its application, Executive Director Mike McGee told the Patch. The Navy expects to complete a draft EIS sometime this fall.

“That time frame has slipped,” McGee said. “They’re expecting now to have their draft EIS this fall or early winter … that kind of slows us up as well. We’re very anxious to see it,” he said.

The EDC application is needed for the redevelopment authority and Navy to begin negotiating the terms for conveying the property located outside of Philadelphia. McGee said he hopes to complete discussions on obtaining the air station before the Navy signs the record of decision for the EIS. That is expected to occur in the spring, according to the story.

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