Kellie McGowan discusses the plans for affordable housing on Tilley site

November 27, 2023

After presenting the preliminary plans, Obermayer partner and co-chair of the Land Use and Zoning team, Kellie McGowan continued the discussion about the former Tilley Fire Solutions site that could be developed as housing, including affordable apartments and market-rate townhouses in Doylestown Township, during the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors November meeting.

Kellie, who represents Arcadia explained that Bucks County has 18,000 vets, who are 65 and older, and many are in need of affordable housing. She also reminded the Board that Pennsylvania has the fourth largest veteran population of any state in the country, and more than half are over 65.

Kellie said there are few affordable options and asked the board to consider that the median housing value in the Doylestown area was $730,000.

Kellie also said there already was “too much luxury housing” in the area and not enough for low-income and moderate residents, including veterans. There were more than 16,000 low-income seniors in Bucks vying for a very limited housing stock.

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