New hous­ing pro­posal pre­sented to LM board

Glenside News - - OPINION - By Caitlin Burns

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.

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