August 21, 2015 |
A nearly billion-dollar redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station remains at least a year away, still slowed by last year's discovery of water contamination on the site. At a meeting Wednesday, the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) said it was amending its purchase proposal and other planning documents to account for the contamination and cleanup. The 862-acre base, selected for closure a decade ago, remains mostly vacant. The authority plans to build homes, offices, stores, a museum, a school, and other facilities on the Montgomery County site.
February 8, 2015 |
Two area congressmen said Friday that the Navy's repeated delays on off-loading the former Willow Grove air base were having a ripple effect on the ability of local, state, and federal agencies to plan for the future. Reps. Patrick Meehan and Brendan Boyle said the continued delays on transferring the 850-acre base were hindering planning for school enrollment, transportation projects, and attracting real estate and business investment. "We're now 10 years into" the base's being decommissioned, said Meehan, a Republican.
January 17, 2014 |
The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday approved a land transfer application and plans to hire a developer to transform the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station into a residential and commercial site. A solicitation will go out to developers nationwide on Jan. 27. Authority executive director Michael McGee said only a handful of firms have experience with a project this big. McGee said the request will ask developers to explain "how you would finance this project, do you have the wherewithal, do you have the experience and the interest.
October 4, 2013 |
When the Navy finally left Horsham Air Guard Station in 2011, cutting the base's personnel in half, Col. Howard "Chip" Eissler was left with a sinking sense that the surrounding community forgot anyone was home. Still today, the man who oversees the station's 3,000 remaining service members says he's often stopped at the nearby WaWa by someone who sees his uniform, thanks him for his service, then asks where he works. "Right there," he tells them, pointing across the street. An open house and Hometown Heroes day expected to draw 10,000 people to the base Saturday - its largest crowd in years - was a chance to bridge that gap. But thanks to the federal shutdown, the event was called off Wednesday.
March 24, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels on Saturday seized a major air defense base in a strategic region in the south near the Jordanian border, the latest battlefield triumph for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. Fighters with a rebel group active in the south stormed and seized control of the base used by the 38th Division after a 16-day siege, according to a statement posted on websites of the group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. The base near the village of Saida is situated along the international highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Jordan to the south.
March 20, 2013 |
A command center for military drones will open this fall at the Horsham Air Guard Base, bringing a controversial instrument of U.S. foreign policy into the Philadelphia area. The ground-control station for the remotely controlled aircraft will open Oct. 1 and be established by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Wing, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced Monday. It is expected to create about 250 jobs, including 75 full-time positions.
January 20, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian troops fought intense battles Saturday against rebels trying to capture two military bases in the northwest in order to step up their attacks on army compounds elsewhere in the country, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the rebels destroyed at least one tank near the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province. The rebels, who have been battling for weeks to take control of bases in Wadi Deif and Hamdiyeh, are working to cut off supply routes to the compounds, the Observatory said.
January 12, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels and Islamic militants overran a major military air base in the north Friday and, buoyed by the victory, intensified their offensive on two other bases in their most aggressive campaign yet to erode the air supremacy on which the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has increasingly relied the past year. The rebels control the ground in large parts of the north, but they have been unable to solidify their grip because they - and civilians in rebel-held regions - come under withering strikes from aircraft stationed at a number of military bases in the area.
January 11, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Hundreds of Islamic militants fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seized parts of a strategic northwestern air base Thursday after weeks of battling government troops for control of the sprawling facility. At stake is the biggest field for helicopters used to bomb rebel-held areas in the north and deliver supplies for regime forces. Opposition fighters and activists said rebels broke into Taftanaz air base in the northern Idlib province Wednesday night and by Thursday had seized control of more than half of it. Intense battles were still raging, and one activist said rebels had suffered losses.
December 29, 2012
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is asking Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to keep C-130 transport planes at an air base in a Pittsburgh suburb as the Air Force looks to move its operations and the Department of Defense is on the hook to cut spending. The Defense Department this year told the Air Force to postpone a decision on the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, which is home to the 911th Airlift Wing. The unit includes eight C-130 refueling planes, some of which are deployed, and about 2,000 contract personnel, federal civilian employees, traditional reservists, and active-duty military personnel.