2015 Voter's Guide: Ward 2 (Joshua Grimes and Parviz Hanjani)

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1. What is one thing you would like to see changed in Lower Merion Township? Please explain how you will work to effectuate that change.

Joshua Grimes: Given the current litigation brought by the Save Ardmore Coalition against me and others, I am not able to reply to your questions.

Parviz Hanjani: The most important thing that needs to change is the composition of Board of Commissioners from those who mostly have become commissioner to advance their own business and agenda to a Board that better represent the residents of Lower Merion such as me who does not have any personal interest other than to serve the constituents. Today watching the Board deliberation and partisan bickering has become the norm and with a majority that vote their own agenda other than people is not productive to look after the interest of residents of Lower Merion. I will try to encourage nonpolitician residents like myself to get interested in local politics and try to help elect them to replace establishment members.

2. Does Lower Merion Township have any responsibility to maintain, protect or create affordable housing? What do you propose should be done to foster housing diversity in Ardmore and other parts of the township?

Joshua Grimes: Given the current litigation brought by the Save Ardmore Coalition against me and others, I am not able to reply to your questions.

Parviz Hanjani: As the residents of Lower Merion we do have a responsibility to maintain affordable housing for our residents and these affordable and historical neighborhoods should be maintained and preserved. We should support the improvement of affordable housing, rather than promote high-end development that over time will displace the residents and result in a loss of diversity to our community. It is our responsibility to take care of affordable housing.

3. What are your thoughts about the use of state taxpayer monies for private development?

Joshua Grimes: Given the current litigation brought by the Save Ardmore Coalition against me and others, I am not able to reply to your questions..

Parviz Hanjani: Never public money should be used to promote a private development regardless of the project being high end or a small development except it is 100% in the interest of people of Lower Merion. Additionally, public property should not be given to private developer almost free as this Board has been trying to do for Cricket Ave development. It is beyond my imagination what is happening with this Board of trying to put stamp of approval to give assigned public money for Train station improvement to a developer to profit from it in the name of public project improvement! Most people of the Township whom I spoke with in my door to door campaign are actually unaware of the Board trying to give these perks and others to the developers and will be my first order of business to inform my immediate constituents and people of township as a whole of these back door deals and try to prevent it if I can.

4. Many Township residents are experiencing forced densification of their neighborhoods. What are your thoughts about increased density in the Township? Do you see the need for greater density in certain neighborhoods? Please explain fully.

Joshua Grimes: Given the current litigation brought by the Save Ardmore Coalition against me and others, I am not able to reply to your questions.

Parviz Hanjani: Some carefully planned growth is desirable and should be considered now and in the future. However, having a mostly beautiful Township and with sufficient population in most instances, we do not need and actually we cannot afford to increase the density in most areas just because we want to have larger tax base. Already many areas are getting denser and just looking at the traffic we see that we cannot afford more density in the scale that the current Board is imposing on us. Beauty of our township and open spaces should be protected and it will be on my priority agenda.

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