The Horsham Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center (USARC) Redevelopment Plan was completed by the HLRA and accepted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Army in October, 2007. The Final Environmental Assessment of no significant impact was completed by the Army Corp of Engineers with technical assistance from Parsons - Chesterfield, MO in February, 2011 and the Public Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment Report was published in the newspaper (30 day comment period) in March, 2011. The next step in the process will be the Army preparing a Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST).
The Horsham Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center Redevelopment Plan calls for the Hatboro-Horsham School District to use a portion of the property for educational purposes including expansion of the playing fields at Hallowell Elementary School. The remainder of the property is planned to be used for the Hatboro-Horsham School District transportation department facilities that is also adjacent to the property.
The Hatboro-Horsham School District submitted a revised Notice of Interest (NOI) to the HLRA on May 24, 2012 indicating that a more efficient use of the Horsham Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center property will be to rebuild the Hallowell Elementary School. The existing elementary school is located on an adjacent parcel.
The U.S. Department of Education, in a June 1, 2012 letter to the U.S. Army, requested assignment of the property for conveyance to the Hatboro-Horsham School District (HHSD) for educational purposes. Under federal regulations, HHSD is eligible for a 100 percent public benefit allowance discount for the property.
The HLRA Board approved the revised NOI from the Hatboro-Horsham School District on June 20, 2012 and directed the HLRA staff to take any and all action necessary to advise the U.S. Army of the changes in the Reuse Plan for the Horsham Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center, to effectuate property transfer to the Hatboro-Horsham School District via Public Benefit Conveyance through the Department of Education.