It’s not in their hands, but Horsham residents still got the chance to plan the future of the Willow Grove Air Base’s 892 acres. The land could be used for an airport. Residents worry the Department of Defense will sell the land without taking into account their concerns.
During a two-day community planning meeting at Horsham’s community center, 500 residents discussed the possibilities — with or without an airport. Russell Archambault, a consultant for Horsham’s Land Reuse Authority, was also present. Divided in groups, residents generated dozens of redevelopment ideas for the base’s landuse.
According to a report from Lower Moreland Patch, some residents favored a town center, or a Main Street concept with shops, restaurants and entertainment in one central location, others an employment center, and the rest preferred continued use of the 8,000-foot-long runway.