To implement the NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan, Horsham Township has created a new authority, the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA). The HLRA received official recognition from the Department of Defense as the implementing local reuse authority responsible for redeveloping the property. The Redevelopment Plan recommends that the property be conveyed from the U.S. Navy to the implementing HLRA via an Economic Development Conveyance. The HLRA will negotiate with the U.S. Navy on the terms of the transfer while the environmental review is being completed. Ownership of the property cannot occur until after completion of the environmental review.
On June 25, 2012 the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA), was created by Horsham Township Resolution 2012-2. Five individuals have been appointed by Township Council to serve on the HLRA Board. The powers of the HLRA are described in the legislation and include the power to purchase, lease, dispose, acquire, hold and otherwise control land acquired from the federal government and to construct, improve, maintain, lease and perform all other development activities on the property; to borrow money, accept grants, make loans, issue revenue bonds, encourage and facilitate job training and housing rehabilitation programs for surrounding residents and do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly given in the act.
The strategy for obtaining the former base property requires the submission of an Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) Application for the transfer of the entire 862-acre property to the newly created Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority was officially recognized by the Office of Economic Adjustment, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, as the Local Redevelopment Authority for purposes of implementing the local redevelopment plan for NAS-JRB Willow Grove on August 27, 2012.
Effective November 9, 2005, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to close NAS-JRB Willow Grove, a 862-acre installation located in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Closure occurred September, 2011.
In preparation for the closure of NAS-JRB Willow Grove, The Horsham Township Authority for NAS-JRB (HLRA) was formed by Horsham Township Resolution 2005-26 on October 12, 2005 to oversee and facilitate the creation of a Redevelopment Plan. The HLRA Board consisted of nine members. In addition to the Executive Board, there were five subcommittees including Reuse Planning, Economic Development, Environmental, Housing and Homeless and the Bucks County Housing committees.
On March 21, 2012, after considerable analysis, public input and discussion, the Horsham Township Authority for NAS-JRB Willow Grove ("HLRA") officially approved the proposed NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan and Homeless Assistance Submission. The HLRA staff worked steadily with the consultant to complete the necessary documents following Board approval and successfully submitted the full NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan to the U.S. Navy on April 27, 2012. Concurrently the Homeless Assistance Submission was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Since the planning process for the redevelopment of the NAS-JRB Willow Grove base is complete; the Board for the Horsham Township Authority for NAS-JRB Willow Grove voted to dissolve on September 19, 2012. All assets and liabilities will be transferred to the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA).