Description and Location
The Fort Washington Office Park is the primary center of business and industry in Upper Dublin Township. This 536 acre, multi-use modern business park is strategically located at the crossroads of the PA Turnpike and PA Route 309, in the heart of suburban eastern Montgomery County and only fourteen miles from Center City Philadelphia. This regional commerce center consists of 123 properties with more than 65 buildings, containing roughly 6 million square feet of commercial space. This includes Class A office facilities, back-office operations, distribution and manufacturing, hotel, restaurant and recreation uses.
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A large-scale improvement program is now underway to implement a sustainable revitalization plan of the office park. Major new public and private investment in the park began with Upper Dublin Township’s completion of two large flood retarding structures in December 2013. The Pine Run and Rapp Run dry dams are upstream from the office park, effectively reducing the historically-persistent flooding. Additional infrastructure improvements are now moving forward including roadway and bridge reconstruction, a new trail system, further storm water management projects and new building design standards. Also in the planning stages is additional Turnpike access including a quick exit (zip) ramp from the PA 309/Fort Washington Turnpike exit directly into the center of the office park and the completion of the Virginia Drive Turnpike Slip Ramp to provide eastbound on/off access.
Fort Washington Office Park is a 536 acre economic and employment center comprised of 123 properties with over 11,000 employees. Upper Dublin Township has embarked on an initiative to reinvest in the office park. For the past 8 years, the Township has been improving the infrastructure, and modernizing the office park to attract new exciting uses and create market opportunities.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)
New businesses are coming to the Fort Washington Office Park. New development opportunities exist as a result of the Upper Dublin Township Commissioners’ enactment of a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) ordinance. It was designed to stimulate mixed-use, higher-density redevelopment in the park, through the creation and transfer of development credits. Property owners in flood-affected areas are provided incentives to sell their properties for their redevelopment credit value, with a market-based valuation of their property interest. This innovative zoning approach is beginning to impact the local market, with developers exploring the new opportunities here.
The Fort Washington Office Park offers a number of advantages and assets to businesses that locate here:
- Roadway access: Immediate access to interstate and regional roadways
- Public transit: Washington SEPTA regional rail station and commuter link buses serve the office park
- Workforce: local labor pool provides employers with a broad range of skills and education
- Housing: excellent options for executives, management and staff employees in beautiful suburban communities within minutes from the office park
- Education: award-winning public schools and variety of private schools - pre-K through university
- Recreation: a broad selection fitness facilities athletic fields and trails in and near the park
- Dining: various business lunch and dinner options and new restaurants in development.
- Hotels and meeting space: nearby properties recently renovated and more in development
- Business-friendly environment – supportive municipal and county governments
- Report-FWOP-Sustainable Revitalization Plan (3.7 MiB)
- Report-FWOP-Technical Memo 1: Sending Area (246.6 KiB)
- Report-FWOP-Technical Memo 2: Receiving Area (1.0 MiB)
- Report-FWOP-Technical Memo 3: Characteristics of Potential TDR Sending and Receiving Areas (1.4 MiB)
- Report-FWOP-Technical Memo 4: Mechanism for the Transfer of Development Rights (614.2 KiB)
H2O Grant & Flood Retarding Structures
Economic evaluation procedures, assumptions, and methodologies for the flood retarding structures in Upper Dublin Township:
A resolution of the Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners authorized 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:
Resolution-10-2055-H2O Grant (136.6 KiB)