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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Fall Fundraiser and House Party!
The Save Ardmore Coalition has taken a stand - fighting the misappropriation of public funds and challenging the Board of Commissioners to consider the issues of out of scale development in Ardmore and its consequences.
We published a 2015 Voter’s Guide so you know where the candidates stand on issues important to us.
Today is the beginning of our fall fundraising drive and we need your help.
We need contributions for the legal fees that we are incurring to stop the misuse of tax dollars. Our lawsuit is expensive.
Our goal this November is 100 x $100. We need 100 members to contribute $100 each or pay it forward for two, four or more members. Or pay what can by going to our PayPal link: http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/donate
We also need volunteers; we can't do it alone:
We need people to make phone calls to get the word out about the Save Ardmore Coalition.
Critical things are at stake:
After the Township Comprehensive Plan is passed, there will be changes made to the zoning code that will have long lasting impact.
Did you know that increasing the density of our neighborhoods is pushing long time residents out of their apartments and homes?
We are changing the terms of debate in this Township. We are introducing a perspective that is fresh and challenging.
The Save Ardmore Coalition matters. Our membership is growing and influence spreading. I’m excited about the future. Be a part of this great movement.
If you haven’t already made a contribution, you can use our PayPal link at http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/donate or by mail to
With your support, we will continue to make a difference in Ardmore and Lower Merion Township. Contact me for your availability to be a part of our planning committee.
Recently, we sent out a questionnaire to candidates for Lower Merion Township Commissioners and Montgomery County Commissioners. We asked questions about affordable housing, use of taxpayer money for private development, and forced densification of neighborhoods. The responses can be found below:
Some candidates did not (or were unable to) respond to any questions at all. Here's a list of who did not respond:
For immediate Release: October 21, 2015
The Save Ardmore Coalition (SAC) opposes Dranoff Properties' Petition to Intervene in our pending lawsuit against Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority and the Governor's Office of the Budget. SAC initiated its legal action in August 2015 to prevent the misappropriation of public funds. $10.5 million received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) and designated by the State Legislature in 2008 for the redevelopment of the Ardmore Train Station have instead been diverted to finance the construction of a mixed-use apartment building on the Cricket Avenue parking lot in Ardmore, PA. On October 21, 2015, there will be a hearing before the Honorable Patricia A. McCullough in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to consider Dranoff Properties' petition.
The Save Ardmore Coalition opposes Dranoff Properties' claim that it is an aggrieved party and asserts that this lawsuit must proceed against only the named governmental authorities. Dranoff Properties already has an agreement with Lower Merion Township to develop the Cricket Avenue Lot and at anytime can begin construction without $10.5 million of RACP funds. SAC believes that Dranoff Properties is the only developer in Lower Merion Township - one of the wealthiest Townships in Pennsylvania - to demand that taxpayer money subsidize the construction of a luxury apartment development. Numerous apartment/condominium projects are currently underway throughout the Township and are financed without public funding.
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 by email: email@example.com.
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.
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
For more information: Contact Save Ardmore Coalition President Philip Browndeis at 267.250.2121 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POLL: Do you think it's wrong that the township is spending $10.5 Million of transit money on the Dranoff Cricket Lot project?Submitted by dmuth (Douglas Muth, Webmaster) on Fri, 2015-04-24 17:47 Tags:
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:
Do stop by and say hello!
Got another note from Sharon Eckstein that I'd like to pass on: