The Fort Washington Office Park is the primary center of business and industry in Upper Dublin Township. The park occupies 536 acres with about 6 million square feet of building area in the park. There are more than 65 buildings of various sizes up to 658,535 square feet. The Township is studying and planning various revitalization measures in the park.
Over the last several years, Upper Dublin Township has been investing substantial resources in addressing the issues of flooding, infrastructure, and tax base maintenance in the FWOP. Temple University’s 2008 study and various engineering studies have all contributed to that investment. In November 2010, the Township adopted its first Comprehensive Plan and is continuing its work with URS Corporation by conducting a separate engineering analysis evaluating roadway improvements and the construction of two new flood retarding structures to mitigate flooding in the FWOP.
In its desire to build upon these efforts, Upper Dublin Township convened a Steering Committee of representatives from both municipalities that house the park, including elected officials, municipal staff, and volunteers to begin taking the next steps. The Committee engaged a team led by Urban Partners to identify specific solutions for mitigating FWOP properties and reinvigorating the Office Park through a sustainable revitalization plan. Upper Dublin Township has been the lead agency for the project, securing the planning grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, administering the contract, and hosting project meetings.
This Sustainable Revitalization of the FWOP study is primarily intended to identify the most cost-effective and innovative ways to prohibit new development in the floodplain and relocate existing development out of the worst flood-prone areas of the FWOP. At the same time, the plan seeks to follow best practices for environmental sustainability, create greater employment opportunities, create desirable and exciting new mixed-use amenities in the FWOP, and increase the tax base for both Upper Dublin and Whitemarsh Townships through net gains in commercial taxes and an entirely new residential tax base.
Economic evaluation procedures, assumptions, and methodologies for proposed flood retarding structures in Upper Dublin Township:
A resolution of the Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners authorizing the request of an H2O PA Grant under Act 63 of 2008 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for the construction of two dry-impound flood mitigation structures.
The Township of Upper Dublin
801 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (215) 643-1600
Fax: (215) 542-0797