The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) has submitted an updated Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) application to the Navy for the transfer of the 862 acres of surplus federal property at the former NAS-JRB Willow Grove base. The updated EDC application takes into account current market conditions in the region as well as additional environmental information on emerging contaminants at the base.
The HLRA is also working with Catellus Development Corporation on a master developer agreement (MDA) to redevelopment the base in accordance with the approved NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan. The HLRA and Catellus signed an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement in May 2015 as the first step in establishing the MDA by setting a certain time frame for exclusive negotiations on the terms and conditions for a MDA and to identify key issues that must be addressed prior to successful redevelopment of the property. The ENA also details the assistance that Catellus will provide the HLRA in the upcoming negotiations with the U.S. Navy on the EDC property transfer.
The HLRA Board identified Catellus after a detailed review of the proposals submitted by four development teams in late 2014. In addition to the Catellus proposal, proposals were also received from The Hankin Group, Lennar/Toll Bros. and K. Hovnanian et al. Each of the firms was considered highly qualified by the HLRA Board and all had experience in developing large parcels of property. The Board interviewed representatives of each team and visited several examples of developed properties to determine which team best fit the Horsham project.
Catellus is a national leader in mixed-use redevelopment. With nearly 30 years of experience as a master developer, Catellus has transformed former airports, military bases and urban industrial sites into thriving retail, residential and commercial communities. Catellus' past experience on similar projects include Prairie Glen Corporate Campus (Glenview, IL), Bayport/Alameda Landing (Alameda, CA) and Mueller (Austin, TX).
The U.S. Navy has issued the a Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Disposal and Reuse of the Former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove, Horsham Township, PA. The ROD was signed on May 26, 2015 and published in the Federal Register on June 10, 2015.
The NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan is focused on the creation of job generating uses through a variety of mixed uses. The HLRA's redevelopment plan for the site, which will feature a town center, calls for 1,486 residential units of various types, 1.8 million square feet of commercial uses (including a hotel/conference center), 452,000 square feet of other uses including a regional recreation center, new school, historical aviation museum, and parks and open space.
If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority at 215-643-3131.
The EIS may be downloaded from the link below:
Hard copies of the EIS are available at:
Horsham Township Building
1025 Horsham Road
Horsham, Pa 19044
Horsham Township Library
435 Babylon Road
Horsham, PA 19044