The remaining $3.5 million is for improvements to the SEPTA and Amtrak station in Ardmore, including additional parking.
In that Dec. 12 letter, Pete Tartline of the governor's budget office said changes to Dranoff's piece of the project since the grant was first authorized put it outside the scope of the redevelopment-grant program.
Those changes included migrating Dranoff's plan for apartments, retail space, and parking to a parking lot on Cricket Avenue, across Lancaster Avenue from the station.
Since the trimming of the grant, county officials and two state representatives have lobbied the governor's office.
Rep. Tim Briggs (D., Montgomery) wants the $12 million restored; Democratic State Rep. Greg Vitali, whose district soon will cover that part of Ardmore, does not. At least three civic associations opposed to the funding have also sent letters.
Lower Merion Township officials also have expressed differing opinions on restoring the grant.
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he has met about six times with Corbett chief of staff Leslie Gromis-Baker and others to emphasize the importance of the project to the community.
Part of that argument is that the Dranoff project would connect with the transit improvements by building apartments attractive to young residents who use public transportation.
Corbett officials "were very thoughtful with me in our discussions," Shapiro said, "and told me they were considering the facts that I presented to them."
He said he was hopeful that the money would be restored, since, "when you put a project like this together, it requires a multitude of funding sources."