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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.

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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