The Save Ardmore Coalition opposes Dranoff Properties' Petition to Intervene in Lawsuit

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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: comments@saveardmorecoalition.org.

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