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Old 08-04-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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I read he finally got approval and hopes to start work by years end.. This plan could have a huge positive impact on Ardmore and surrounding. People went totally nuts against it, not even willing to negotiate the plan, they didn't want any of it, I still do not know why...
The last thing I read about it looked like his plans had been scaled back to just concentrating on the train station area.

I don't share your enthusiasm about it really. We'll see how it turns out.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: New York City
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The last thing I read about it looked like his plans had been scaled back to just concentrating on the train station area.

I don't share your enthusiasm about it really. We'll see how it turns out.
How come?
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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I read he finally got approval and hopes to start work by years end.. This plan could have a huge positive impact on Ardmore and surrounding. People went totally nuts against it, not even willing to negotiate the plan, they didn't want any of it, I still do not know why...
whats the plan???
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: New York City
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whats the plan???
Residents of Ardmore to Protest Dranoff's One Ardmore Place - Neighborhood Beefs - Curbed Philly
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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And more details, for anyone that wants them, are here:

http://www.lowermerion.org/Modules/S...ocumentid=9913

The building is actually a decent design, maintaining lower retail fronts at the street level and setting a mid-rise residential tower further back. It should help infill that part of Ardmore and increase the population in the middle of downtown, which hopefully will help stimulate the central business district. Also the complaints about lack of parking shutting down the nearby businesses during constructions seems tenuous... finding parking in Ardmore is really not that hard for anyone willing to walk even a block or so.

At the same time, the scale compared to surrounding buildings, as well as the use of government funds to build the project (which I believe was originally supposed to be a transit-oriented development by the train station) seem like legitimate concerns.
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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And more details, for anyone that wants them, are here:

http://www.lowermerion.org/Modules/S...ocumentid=9913

The building is actually a decent design, maintaining lower retail fronts at the street level and setting a mid-rise residential tower further back. It should help infill that part of Ardmore and increase the population in the middle of downtown, which hopefully will help stimulate the central business district. Also the complaints about lack of parking shutting down the nearby businesses during constructions seems tenuous... finding parking in Ardmore is really not that hard for anyone willing to walk even a block or so.

At the same time, the scale compared to surrounding buildings, as well as the use of government funds to build the project (which I believe was originally supposed to be a transit-oriented development by the train station) seem like legitimate concerns.
These projects always come with pros and cons. But Ardmore's main drag needs stimulation, and I think this building will be a great start.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:06 PM
 
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How come?
I don't think it will alter the amount of foot traffic along Lancaster Ave.
which is sorely needed once it's done. And before that construction will cause people to stay away. Will they return once it's done?
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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I don't think it will alter the amount of foot traffic along Lancaster Ave.
which is sorely needed once it's done. And before that construction will cause people to stay away. Will they return once it's done?
If the retail portion attracts the right kind of tenants? Absolutely. One transit-oriented mixed use building won't magically turn Ardmore into a neo-urbanist paradise, but if it's successful, other positive developments should follow its lead.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:57 AM
 
Location: New York City
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L. Merion to settle suit over Cricket Lot

Not really relevant, but since kyb01 was wondering, Dranoff is proceeding with the project.
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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L. Merion to settle suit over Cricket Lot

Not really relevant, but since kyb01 was wondering, Dranoff is proceeding with the project.
Yes, I read that article. Will $55K be enough to offset business loses during construction? I'm ditching my car soon and won't need to do anything in Ardmore which was made easier by having my own motor vehicle. So I, likely, will not see the outcome of it all.

There was an interesting comment in the comment section from someone whose family has a long history On Cricket Ave and about the working class living in Ardmore.
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