I hope they can do this at Willow Grove. There’s lots of opposition.
The Bucks County Airport Authority made the largest acreage request, for a total of 681.57 acres. Dubbed the Pitcairn Aviation Business Center, the authority, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, is proposing using the runway for general aviation and corporate flight operations.
As part of the Airport Improvement Program and the Military Airport Program, grants would be sought for future development and maintenance projects, according to the submission.
“The airport is seen as a major driver of future economic developments,” the application states.
Residents, as well as Horsham Township elected officials have spoken out against continued use of the runway once the military leaves. At last week’s HLRA meeting, airport proponents said the 8,000-foot-long runway should remain.
In addition to the Bucks County Airport Authority, Montgomery County, as announced last week, expressed an interest in the runway. The county submitted an application for 540 acres consisting of the runways, taxiways, hangars, maintenance buildings and resources specific to aviation.