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Upper Moreland Looking for Ways to Improve Willow Grove Town Center

The Upper Moreland Township Revitalization Task Force is looking for ways to improve the look of the Willow Grove Town Center.

Upper Moreland Township will host a Community Workshop next Tuesday, Feb. 12 to explore ways to improve the appearance and sense of place for the Willow Grove Town Center.

The Upper Moreland Township Revitalization Task Force will take suggestions and explain design concept proposals to use signage and other ways to improve the look of Willow Grove.

If you would like to participate, contact Marian Hull at marian.hull@urs.com or call 215-940-9270.

Frank Greene February 06, 2013 at 01:33 PM
It seems that we've been down this road many times. For untold years, the never ending revitalization project of downtown Willow Grove has been a burden on the taxpayers (i.e. costly studies, commissions, committees appointed, research, etc.) to no avail. In essence, it has become a joke in the community. Stop wasting the tax revenue.
Samantha Demark February 06, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I totally agree with Frank Greene. Fixing up Willow Grove so lowlifes can come and ruin it (grafitti, stealing, DUI, etc...)is a waste. It is a pit not matter how much paint you use to fix it up. I am tired of paying for it. How about you use that money to fix the flooding issues Upper Moreland has and has had for years? That would be time and money better spent. Willow Grove is a hopeless cause.
Tom Winterberg February 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Wow, it is attitudes like those above that have been dragging Willow Grove AND Upper Moreland down for decades!!! If people would embrace the idea of revitalization and encourage their elected officials to do the same then maybe, just maybe we as a community can move forward!! Come out on Tuesday 2/12, see what this is about and voice your opinion about this project!!
Frank Greene February 06, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Decades? I would like to see a well detailed financial report of what our township has spent (for decades) on this never ending revitalization of downtown Willow Grove. The only improvement to date, is a new entrance to Memorial Park/Septa parking, and removal of an island at York & Easton Roads. At this point, the township lacks the capital to finally commence this long overdue project, the community is already taxed out. The economy is worsening, higher taxes, people are still facing job loses, higher inflation is increasing, and disposable income is shrinking. Prioritization of less costly projects are more cost efficient for tax base.
Susan Worth-LaManna February 06, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Thank you, Tom. We agree. Last night the Library was active, people were in the shopping center, and there was a nice crowd at the Willow Inn. Where these "low lifes" wth their "stealing and graffiti" are, I don't know, but it surely doesn't reflect in the community's desire to move forward with revitalization. Stormwater management is also important, so everyone should come to the CDC meeting on Monday to hear the latest on that issue!
evelyn pflugfelder February 06, 2013 at 09:05 PM
i was born and raised in WG, It was a wonderful town before Hankin took over and did every thing to feather his nest with no looking to the future. I pray that it is not a hopeless cause
Cynthia Boucannon February 08, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I guess you don't read the newspapers? I guess you don't check out the local news to see all the crime that takes place in Willow Grove now. Most of it is from people coming in by train and bus into willow grove. Willow Grove is becoming another North Philly. Open your eyes to who are moving in to the apartments and renting houses. Willow grove has changed and certainly not for the better. As was said before slapping paint on isn't going to help. If you think Willow Grove is so great, go hang out on Cherry or Church street for a few days. I agree with both Samantha Demark and Frank Greene.
Cynthia Boucannon February 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Sorry Tom, it's not an attitude that's dragging willow grove down it's the people moving inot WG and the transients coming by train and bus. Wasting money bothers me, and this is a HUGE waste of money.
Susan Worth-LaManna February 08, 2013 at 05:54 PM
.Cynthia, I read two newspapers and The Patch (nearly all the locals) everyday....but, I don't "hang out" anywhere. I go to work in the heart of Willow Grove and drive home rather late, often one of the only cars coming through town. It is quiet and well-lit past 9 p.m. No one is "hanging" in the entrance to the park or around the railroad station/parking lot. I read of retail crime, mostly at the Walmart, from those with Philadelphia addresses. The high DUI rate is due to the very high volume of traffic in the corridor and our excellent police department! Yes, I know that high-density housing often has higher crime rates associated with it, but that does not represent Willow Grove or all of Upper Moreland. We do have stores and buildings that need to be identified, and this is money under a grant to design a place-making/wayfaring project. Moving forward, I expect we need to seek additional monies through the County or State to fund the actual signage. Yes, I know, there is always a percentage that the Township must "put-up" in all grant projects. We are told, often, that "we have no money," but that is because we have not demanded that our BOC show real fiscal leadership and eliminate adminstrative perks and trim benefits (like we all have experienced in the past five years!) Good news for us tax payers.... I predict the BOC will annouce that the developer of the WAWA, Bruce Goodman, will make a donation toward this signage project -- as a community buy-in!
Susan Worth-LaManna February 11, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Oops..that's "announce"...still think that Bruce will and should, as the signage for his Wawa will surely mark it in the middle of our downtown!

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