Why Mixed-Use Works for Town Center in Willow Grove

Presented by Commissioner Lisa Romaniello and guest speakers on October 16, Tuesday, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Please join me for a short presentation on “Why mixed-use development works for the town center of Willow Grove.” What does mixed-use development look like? What types of revenue can be generated off this type of land use? What are the economic benefits to our community? What is Town Center zoning?

Visual examples will be shown (for the first time to the public) of a vision plan that was designed specifically for the town center of Willow Grove which includes the Bally’s Fitness property. This concept embodies the spirit and intent of Upper Moreland’s current Town Center zoning ordinance.

Many years have been spent on community planning and building public consensus concerning the future town center for Willow Grove. In 2007, local officials replaced outdated zoning with the most progressive, new zoning laws (Town Center Zoning). These new laws were adopted to help the community achieve their vision of a safe, liveable, walkable town center. The laws also provide the development community with the proper tools to build and help the township reverse a trend of poor planning. Economic goals, transportation enhancements, housing and the environment will be touched on.

With 3 acres of property currently available for development in our town center, can we achieve our vision of a beautifully developed, liveable, walkable community that everyone can be proud of? Participate in the Q&Aperiod following the presentation.

Come and see what’s possible for our town center! Everyone is welcome. Paid for by Commissioner Lisa Romaniello NOTE: This presentation is not sponsored by Upper Moreland Township.

Rob Chakler October 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The presentation will be on Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Barbara October 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
But how can government dictate how a lawful owner of a property wishes to develop it? It's one thing for government to reach out to various business planners and developers, but once the property has been purchased, as long as the business falls within the zoning use, how--legally--could UM BOC impose demands on that business? I'd love to hear how Ms. Romaniello deals with that rather substantial issue!
marycalter October 13, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Wawa Grove October 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Well Barbara, maybe you would like it if he put an adult entertainment business there, with a billboard on the roof. BTW he doesn't own the property yet. Gas stations fall under restricted use in our town center zoning. Didn't you attend any meetings? Your bravado on subjects you have no knowledge of says a lot about you. Asking questions might be better instead of spreading untruths.
Barbara October 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Wow...Wawa Grove has some anger issues!! The real issue is the gas station, isn't it? Legally, Goodman Properties can turn the old Bally's into a Wawa, with or without government approval...the issue is the placement of the gas pumps near the stream, which the solicitor already addressed as pretty much a non-issue. I don't consider this the Town Center, since it's on the edge of town. And quite frankly, I'd rather have a Wawa there than an abondoned building which will be a magnet for vandalism. So Wawa Grove, instead of trying to stir up emotions, why not address the facts?


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