Thursday, December 13, 2012
Carl Dranoff would put approximately 120 residential units on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore, along with commercial tenants.
After a long and spirited discussion Wednesday night, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners' Economic Revitalization Committee voted 8-3 to recommend approval of an amended agreement with Dranoff Properties for the development of the Cricket Avenue parking lot in Ardmore. The full board will vote on the agreement Dec. 19. Dranoff's mixed use project will include 121 apartments, retail space and a mix of public/private parking on the current site of the Cricket Avenue municipal parking lot. The Cricket lot development was originally one part of a revitalization effort focusing on transit improvements and a commuter parking garage, but the two projects will now be pursued separately as efforts to secure public funds for the transit …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners decided Wednesday to take the rest of the year to pursue a public-private agreement for a revitalization project.
Lower Merion Township officials learned Wednesday they will receive none of the $25 million they sought from a federal transportation grant program to help pay for the Ardmore Transit Center project, Commissioner Cheryl Gelber said at Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting. The commissioners also decided yet again to extend their development agreement with Dranoff Properties while all parties try to work out the details of what work should be done and how it will be funded. The current agreement was set to expire June 30 at the end of a 90-day extension period, during which the township had hoped to hear back about the key federal funding source. Lower Merion had plenty of company in losing out on a TIGER (Transportation Investment …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The extension would be granted through the end of 2012.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A deadline was extended 60 days.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Lower Merion Commissioners also supported a federal grant application for the project.
The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners on Wednesday night approved an extension of the development agreement with Dranoff Properties for the Ardmore Transit Center and Business District Revitalization Project, and a “term sheet” which forms the basis for a revised agreement. Commissioners Jenny Brown and Lewis Gould voted against the extension and term sheet. Financial constraints are causing the township to lean toward a scaled-back version of the project. It would retain a parking garage near the train station and mixed-use development on Cricket Avenue, but would curtail a new train station and transit improvements. The Agreement The development extension with Dranoff is for 90-days, running through Jan. 31—the third time the agreement…
Monday, August 22, 2011
The Ardmore Transit Center will happen, but it's a question of time and money.
When PennDOT announced it would be conducting a study to determine potential locations for a new transit center in Downingtown, some residents of the Main Line were confused as to why that station, less than 20 years old, warranted replacing. Downingtown Station is one of the least traveled stations, according to data released from PennDOT. Of the 12 stations on the Keystone East Corridor, Downingtown is 9th out of 12 in ridership, seeing only 59,129 riders in 2010. In comparison, Paoli station played host to more than 153,000 riders in 2010. Factoring in the latest news of a $200,000 study for a new train station in Downingtown, there is a recipe for unhappy residents in towns with stations that are significantly older, or have many more …
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Federal Transit Administration determined “no significant” environmental impact from the planned development.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) gave word this week to Lower Merion Township that it has slapped a “FONSI” label on the proposed Ardmore Transit Center project. FONSI is the fed-speak environmental acronym for “finding of no significant impact.” “The proposed Ardmore Transit Center project will not result in changes to mixed-use, institutional, retail, and commercial land uses in the project study area,” the FTA reported, adding that it is “compatible with surrounding land use.” Township Board of Commissioners President Liz Rogan, who also chairs the Economic Revitalization Committee, said the FONSI is “another positive landmark” toward the goal of revamping Ardmore’s central business district. (See: “New Station, Mixed-Use …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
But if a $20M to $23M funding gap cannot be closed, another option will be considered.
Business leaders and residents got their wish last night when the Economic Revitalization Committee of the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners recommended Option 2 for the Ardmore Transit Center, a proposal which would include a new train station, transit improvements and mixed-use development. The Economic Revitalization Committee recommended in a 10-3 vote that the Board of Commissioners choose option 2, provided that a $20 million to $23 million funding gap can be closed. If the money is not available to close the gap, the board will make a determination as to whether it wants to instead proceed with option 3, which would defer the new train station, according to the motion which approved with the vote. The three commissioners …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tonight’s meeting of the Economic Revitalization Committee will address progress of the Ardmore Transit Center.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners’ Economic Revitalization Committee meets tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss the latest on the Ardmore Transit Center (ATC), and the business district revitalization options. Staff and consultants of the ATC’s Ad Hoc Ardmore Committee will consider a 90-day extension (June 30th to September 30th), to the official development agreement between Lower Merion Township and Dranoff Properties, the would-be developer of the project. The extension would “allow time for the parties to create recommend revisions based on the proposed changes to the elements of the project and schedule.” It would also buy time for Dranoff Properties to come to an agreement with Amtrak on other specifics. No other items are on the …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ardmore business owners, already frustrated by the slow progress in choosing a plan, are starting to wonder if it will ever be done.
Plans to revitalize the Ardmore Transit Center will be discussed among Lower Merion Township commissioners this week as the long-awaited improvement project looks to see the light of day. On May 25th, the Economic Revitalization Committee of the township's Board of Commissioners will attempt to narrow down four proposals currently under consideration for the ATC project. “The meeting is to present the four options,” said Angela Murray, the township’s assistant director of community and economic development. “The recommendation of the Ad Hoc Ardmore Committee will be presented to the ERC, and it will be up to the ERC to choose a direction for the project. The four options submitted by Dranoff Properties, the Philadelphia developer for the …