The purpose of this website is to promote the responsible use of the ~180 acres of previously designated Open Space surrounding Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Upper Providence Township.
Our goal is to influence the Upper Providence Township Supervisors and the developer, Scott Rifkin, to agree to a use of this property which acknowledges its rich history, respects the community, and minimally impacts the infrastructure of our Township.
As our name suggests, this website will also seek to remember and raise awareness about the circumstances under which this former County-owned parcel of Open Space farmland came to be in the private ownership of a developer.
The story of the unprecedented sale of open space in Montgomery County by County Commissioners Josh Shapiro, Bruce Castor, and Leslie Richards begins with the prior administration’s investment of $24.5 million taxpayer money into the failed Logan Square Studio Centre development. When the developer of that project filed for bankruptcy, Montgomery County recouped a mere $8,000 and was on the hook for ~$600,000 in debt service annually and an enormous budget hole that was filled by the sale of Montgomery County’s assets; most notably, Parkhouse.
Because understanding how we got to this point is an important determining factor in how we will meet the future of our community with regards to this important parcel in our Township, we urge you to get involved now. Join our Facebook Group “Remember Parkhouse” for updates and news. Sign up for our mailing list. Explore our site and get educated.
And most importantly: show up. The only thing standing between this development and the open space we currently have is a zoning change approved by the Upper Providence Board of Supervisors. As Josh Shapiro stated almost seven years ago while the ink was still drying on the Parkhouse sale documents:
“All roads lead to Upper Providence.”