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The Save Ardmore Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to the revitalization of Ardmore, Pennsylvania's business district based on community input, consensus building, sound and comprehensive planning and the preservation of our architectural heritage. Accordingly, we support the creation of a comprehensive plan for Lower Merion Township and a full town plan for Ardmore.

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Save Ardmore Coaltiion Remains Skeptical of the Benefits for Ardmore of the Cricket Project Lot

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Letter to the Editor: Main Line Times August 23, 2015

Carl Dranoff can take a jack hammer to the black top at the Cricket Parking Lot tomorrow and break ground for the construction of One Ardmore Place. The Save Ardmore Coalition remains skeptical of the benefits of this project but accepts that Mr. Dranoff will be obtaining the deed to the property, after the Haws Terrace lawsuit settlement is finalized and approved, in a deal, we believe worthy of Donald Trump.

The Township sold the Cricket Parking Lot for $2 million but Mr. Dranoff, with a few exceptions, has up to 20 years to pay for it. Put simply, he obtained the Cricket Parking Lot without a down payment to the Township. Additionally, he obtained a commitment that $10.5 million of the $55 million project would be financed with RACP funds originally allocated for the redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station. These terms were negotiated and approved by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners.

So yes, Mr. Dranoff can begin construction of his building. And surely, a man of his reputation and stature can easily obtain additional financing from commercial banks or private investors. However, he should not be permitted to do it with money approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly for improvements to he Ardmore Train Station.

The Save Ardmore Coalition is dedicated to the revitalization of Ardmore's business district based on community input, consensus building, and sound and comprehensive planning. We went to court to prevent the misappropriation of RACP funds set aside for the redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station, because we believe that this proposal remains the best first step towards a better Ardmore, and without RACP funds we will not see a modernized train station.

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Save Ardmore Coalition Files Lawsuit To Stop Misappropriation of PA RACP Funds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/12/15

SAVE ARDMORE COALITION FILES LAWSUIT TO STOP MISAPPROPRIATION OF PA RACP FUNDS

Ardmore, PA: On August 10, 2015, the Save Ardmore Coalition filed a lawsuit in PA Commonwealth Court against Governor Wolf, Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority and Lower Merion Township seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to stop the misappropriation of millions of dollars of public funds intended for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station. The lawsuit states that rather than use Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds for their intended purpose, the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority is redirecting $10.5 million to Dranoff Properties, Inc. and One Ardmore Associates, L.P. to build a mixed used development and parking garage on the Lower Merion Township owned Cricket Parking Lot that is neither adjacent to the Ardmore Train Station nor has any association with it.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is administered by the PA Office of the Budget, which provides grants of public funds for improvement projects. The petition goes on to describe the history of RACP funding of this project, which began in 2008 when $ 15 million in RACP funding was awarded to be used only for the acquisition, infrastructure, rehabilitation, construction and other costs related to the redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station, including the abatement of hazardous material. The funding was approved by the state legislature and authorized by then Governor Rendell. In 2009, Dranoff Properties entered into a development agreement with Lower Merion Township to undertake this project, which included a mixed use development on Township property, which abutted the Ardmore Train Station. By 2013, after several amendments to the agreement, the Ardmore Train Station project was abandoned and replaced with plans to construct a mixed used eight-story apartment building on the Cricket Parking Lot.

The petition goes on to state that in 2013, Lower Merion Township and the Redevelopment Authority proposed that $12 million be utilized for the Cricket Lot Project rather than the Ardmore Train Station. However, in December 2013, the PA Office of the Budget rescinded the RACP funding for the Cricket Lot Project because residential development was outside the scope of the approved 2008 RACP funding. Then in late August 2014, the Office of the Budget reversed its decision and allowed $10.5 million of public funds designated for the Ardmore Train Station to be used for the construction of a mixed use project and parking garage on the site of the Cricket Parking Lot, which is located far from the Ardmore Train Station, on the other side of Lancaster Avenue.

Save Ardmore Coalition asserts in the lawsuit that this use of RACP funds is a misappropriation of public funds for improper and inappropriate private use and that this misappropriation of RACP funds will undermine the genuine redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station, as well as the proper redevelopment of Ardmore, while depriving residents of continued use of the Cricket Parking Lot.

Philip Browndeis, President of Save Ardmore Coalition, stated that "we testified many times before the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners and we were mocked. We brought petitions signed by residents only to see them disregarded. The RACP funds were meant for the redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station. There is no recourse left for us but to go to court to stop the misuse of RACP funds."

About Save Ardmore Coalition: The Save Ardmore Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to the revitalization of Ardmore's business district based on community input, consensus building, sound and comprehensive planning and the preservation of our architectural heritage. Accordingly, we support the creation of a comprehensive plan for Lower Merion Township and a full town plan for Ardmore. We are a 501(c)(4) non-profit civic action organization. Follow us on Facebook at

https://facebook.com/SaveArdmoreCoalition

For more information: Contact Save Ardmore Coalition President Philip Browndeis at 267.250.2121 or email him at comments@saveardmorecoalition.org.

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POLL: Do you think it's wrong that the township is spending $10.5 Million of transit money on the Dranoff Cricket Lot project?

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What have we been up to lately?

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The website has quieted down a bit lately, but we haven't been asleep--far from it!

Our latest project involves the Cricket Lot in Ardmore and the township's attempt to use $10.5 Million dollars of money approved for building the Ardmore train station which are being being misappropriated to the Danoff Cricket Lot Project.  We have some more announcements that we hope to share soon.  In the meantime, we'd like to ask each of you to Like and follow our pages on Facebook where further updates will also be posted:

https://www.facebook.com/KeepCricketLot4Ardmore

https://www.facebook.com/SaveArdmoreCoalition

Do stop by and say hello!

 

 

 

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Rally for Ardmore: Saturday November 8th 2014, 3:30 to 4 PM

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Got another note from Sharon Eckstein that I'd like to pass on:

Thank you to all who attended the rally on November 1. We so appreciate your willingness to speak up and show your opposition to the proposed Cricket lot development. WE need your help if we are to protect our community from out-of-scale development and state financed private development. Here are 3 things we ask you to do:

ATTEND THE RALLY SATURDAY NOV. 8 3:30-4:00 PM - Our recent rally was a huge success- over 90 people attended despite the rain and the cold. We were joined by State Rep. reg Vitali and LM Commissioners Jenny Brown, Brian Gordon and Lew Gould. We received TV coverage from NBC and press coverage from the Main Line Times. WE know many people were unable to join us this past Saturday due to the inclement weather so we are meeting again this Saturday. Please come and bring your family and friends! Please attend if you were not there last week AND if you were there! Continued attention to this misguided project is critical if we are to succeed in opposing it.

LETTER TO PA OFFICE OF BUDGET - Attached is a letter to Mr. Charles Zogby, secretary of the PA office of the budget, requesting withdrawal of state RACP funding for this project. Please print out this letter, add your name and address to the top right corner, sign it and mail it to Mr. Zogby. Also, please mail me a copy of your signed letter. i will then present all signed letters to the LM Board of Commissioners and to Greg Vitali. My address: Sharon Eckstein 35 Simpson Rd Ardmore, PA 19003

SPEAK AT LM BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING WEDNESDAY NOV. 19th - Come to the November Meeting and speak out against the project during public comment/public privilege of the floor. The meeting is held at the LM Township building and starts at 7 PM.

Your voice does matter. Your actions make a difference. Thank you!

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Rally for Ardmore: November 1st 2014 at 3:30 PM

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I received this note from Sharon Eckstein and wanted to pass it along here:

Dear Ardmore neighbor!

The proposed Cricket lot development is 8 stories tall, is being financed by millions of dollars of state taxpayer monies, is being built on municipal land being given for free by the Township to the developer and is still being referred to as the Ardmore Transit Center project even though no train station is being included in it. Moreover, the process around this project has not been transparent nor has it responded to valid community - both business and resident - concerns.

The Ardmore businesses and residents are organizing a rally for next Saturday at 3:30 PM. This 1/2 hour rally will be held in front of the Township building and will be a way to call attention to community opposition to the project as planned.Now is the final opportunity to have our voices heard - the window of opportunity to express opposition is now or never. Please join me and your neighbors next Saturday. This half hour of your time will greatly impact the future of our community. Come to the rally, bring your family and friends, and please distribute this flyer to all on your email lists.

Thank you for your help -your presence will make a huge difference!!

I too have concerns about this. I feel like the township is blowing off concerns from local residents and businesses and instead trying to railroad through a plan that we neither need nor want. Misnaming the project as "The Ardmore Transit Center" is flat out dishonest and potentially fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars.

Furthermore, giving away township land for this project seems like a misuse of township property. Is the developer giving the township anything in return for getting free land? Well, with a lack of transparency, we just don't know.

Finally, what about traffic? It seems like every time some big development plan gets pitched, the effect on traffic is never talked about. As someone who doesn't own a car and walks everywhere in Ardmore, I get to see first hand how traffic is an issue. Anderson Ave is regularly packed solid with cars during rush hour most days, which makes crossing even in the crosswalks a bit of a safety concern. The parking lots at Suburban Square are packed solid with shoppers on Saturday afternoons. Adding an 8 story high rise is going to make this situation worse, not better.

Please, if you are concerned about this project, take a little time to stop by the rally next Saturday afternoon.

Rally for Ardmore, PA by Douglas Muth

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Michael Pouls sentenced to 8 years

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Once every hundred years or so there actually is some justice in this world.

http://www.inquirer.com/front_page/20140308_Prison_for_Main_Line_developer_in_fraud_case.html

Michael Pouls, a Main Line developer whose name had for many become synonymous with the borrow-and-spend excesses of the early 2000s, saw his wave of prosperity come crashing down Friday as a federal judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for bank fraud. . . .

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Viking Pastries gets a Food Network "Save My Bakery" Makeover

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With all the nastiness in Lower Merion Township and the constant misery inflicted upon Ardmore by Lower Merion Township every time they say they want to "improve" something, once again something people and small business driven (or "organic") takes center stage. And as someone who grew up going to Viking Pastries I am so happy they have the center spotlight in a story that to me is holiday wonderful.

Main Line Times: Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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12-03-13 Radnor Township School District Board Meeting

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12-03-13 Radnor Township School District (RTSD) reorganization meeting was held on Dec. 3, 2013. Judge Ann A. Osborne, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, did the honors of swearing in David Falcone, Susan Michaelson, Lydia Solomon and Susan Stern as Board Directors. Public Comment, Board Comment and other duties were performed. Produced by John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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