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Upper Moreland Township
117 Park Avenue
Willow Grove, PA19090-3215
Phone: (215) 659-3100
Email: Township Receptionist
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The Redevelopment area is part of Ward 1. Lisa Romaniello is Commissioner for Ward 1. Montgomery County has awarded a grant of $255,000 for phase one of the project. This phase encompasses the opening of War Memorial Park at Easton and York Roads. Township officials have determined that downtown Willow Grove requires nothing less than a dramatic redevelopment program. Following a study of the existing conditions of the area, the Upper Moreland Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution in July 2000 finding that downtown Willow Grove was in the need of revitalization and qualified as a redevelopment area, as defined by the Urban Redevelopment Law of Pennsylvania. In August 2000, the Montgomery County Planning Commission adopted similar resolutions. To obtain a copy of the Willow Grove Revitalization Plan, call the Upper Moreland Township at 215-659-3100 and arrange to pick-up.
The heart of Upper Moreland Township, downtown Willow Grove, has a rich history as a town center that spans nearly three centuries. William Penn provided a land grant, known as the Manor of Moreland, and the first home was built in 1719 overlooking a meadow, creek, and the Old York Road. This colonial farmstead slowly grew into a small rural community. By the mid-1800s, the bucolic outpost of Willow Grove served as a summer retreat for Philadelphia residents who would stay at resort hotels and drink the therapeutic waters of Mineral Spring. Once the trolley line was built along Old York Road and the Willow Grove Amusement Park opened in the 1890s, Willow Grove became renowned due to marching music of John Phillip Sousa who played at the amusement park. During the 1920s, a traditional downtown community began to take shape at the crossroads of Old York Road, Easton Road, and Davisville Road. This original town center included a post office, bank, pharmacy, clothing store , and lumberyard. After the trolley service was discontinued in the 1940s, downtown Willow Grove began to evolve into the auto-dominated suburban strip center that it is today. Downtown Willow Grove is a place that has evolved many times in 300 years, from a colonial farmstead to a small rural community to a world-renowned entertainment destination to a regional suburban shopping center. Downtown Willow Grove will continue to evolve, and may again become a quality town center with the right vision, strategies, and partnerships—the main purpose of the Willow Grove Revitalization Plan.
Upper Moreland township revitalization task force is currently in the final stages of submitting a Revitalization plan to the Township board of Commissioners. After holding its monthly meetings and public input sessions to further refine the revitalization area and accompanying projects, the task force will finalize the information gathered at the December 28 meeting.The revised Plan is due for submission to the Montgomery County Revitalization Board by March 31, 2012. , After the March deadline, the county will send the final draft back to the township for any minor modifications, and a decision for an approval would then be expected by April.
This map will show you the defined areas in the Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan. The Willow Grove Revitalization Area includes the downtown area bounded by and including Moreland Road (between Route 611 and Center Avenue), Route 611 (between Moreland Road and Center Avenue), York Road (between Easton Road and Center Avenue), and Davisville Road (from Moreland Road to Woodlawn Avenue). This section of the Township as developed first and served as a town center for the greater community.
To view the Redevelopment Map, please visit the Documents, Forms & Permits page for Township Information.