New housing proposal presented to LM board
The site where Island Green Golf Course once was in Lower Moreland could soon have new development started.
JERC Partners presented to the Lower Moreland Board of Commissioners a sketch plan for 54 singlefamily homes on the property at Red Lion and Pine roads, which straddles Lower Moreland and Philadelphia. The property in Lower Moreland Township is approximately 52 acres.
According to Township Manager Rick Mellor, 12 acres of the property have already been approved for construction by the Department of Environmental Protection. He said JERC is still talking with the DEP about approval for 17 acres of the property, while approximately 27 acres has been determined as unusable for the project. Mellor said the property was contaminated by the railroad manufacturing that was done on the property before Island Green Golf Course.
“It was a contaminated site when they left,” Mellor said. JERC now needs DEP approval first before the township can make any decisions about the project.
In addition to concerns about contamination, residents and board members also voiced concerns about impacts on traffic and preserving natural features of the property, such as the old trees.
JERC offered to donate the 27 acres that it could not build on to the township. However, Mellor said the township has not accepted any donation of land and may not because of the environmental issues that would need to be addressed.