January 5, 2016
ARDMORE The Ardmore Free Library will reopen Monday after nearly a year of renovations. It's the oldest branch in the Lower Merion Library System, with parts of the building dating to 1917 and others to 1927. The renovations opened up more usable floor space, said head librarian Jane Quin, including a loft that had not been accessible to the public before. Other improvements include a new elevator, new paint and carpeting, a children's play area in the basement, and accessibility upgrades to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Quin said Monday will be a soft opening, as computers and furniture are still being set up in advance of the grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. Jan. 9. "It's kind of a madhouse, but hopefully we'll be ready," she said.
December 17, 2015 |
A Commonwealth Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a controversial mixed-use development in Ardmore, paving the way for Dranoff Properties to proceed with the project after years of delay. The plan calls for an eight-story residential tower with stores, restaurants, and a parking garage on the Cricket Avenue parking lot off Lancaster Avenue. A group of residents contend the $60 million project is too dense for downtown Ardmore. Their lawsuit, filed in August, argued that the development should be ineligible for $10.5 million in public funding for which it has been approved.
December 9, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A Commonwealth Court judge said Monday that he could decide this month if Dranoff Properties' controversial mixed-use development in Ardmore can proceed. The project, which would replace the township's Cricket Avenue parking lot with an eight-story residential tower, stores, restaurants, and a parking garage, has generated sustained opposition from some residents, who say it is too dense for downtown Ardmore. It has the backing of Lower Merion Township, the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, and the state, which granted $10.5 million in redevelopment funds.
December 1, 2015 |
At a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, the spirit of P-Funk was alive and well as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic kept a packed house moving for a nearly three-hour set that didn't come to a close until nearly 1 a.m. Songs blended into each other amid the calculated jam-session feel that the band has always had. A stomping, rousing opener joined crowd and stage, with the repeated stirring intonation by Clinton - backed at this point...
November 19, 2015 |
Change is in the air at Suburban Square, dubbed by some as the "downtown of the lower Main Line. " With the intended departure of anchor Macy's in early 2016, a handful of retailers have either signed long-term leases or short-term ones, known as "pop ups," to test the well-heeled market over the holiday shopping season. Pam Ahrens of Ardmore sampled Ellelauri - a women's contemporary clothing store and one of three pop-up shops - for the first time Tuesday. Inside, she bought a pair of $198 7 for All Mankind jeans and a silk blouse caught her eye. "I like the things in there," said Ahrens, an executive for a furniture company.
November 6, 2015 |
A little smooch for Ardmore Besito (105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-417-6825) - translated as "little kiss" - replaces Suburban Square's long-running Plate, and the space has been transformed entirely. On the regional Mexican food chain, Besito's prices and date-night atmosphere make it comparable to Distrito. There's a private dining room, a full bar stocked with beer, sangria, and cocktails (and about 70 tequilas), plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace, tableside guacamole, and entrees from $17 to $29. It's open for dinner daily; lunch begins Nov. 23. Opa owners on Jewelers Row Brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who pay tribute to their Greek heritage with Opa and its Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.)
October 23, 2015
A map with a story on a proposed development in Ardmore incorrectly identified Lancaster Avenue. It is Route 30.
October 23, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The latest effort by Ardmore homeowners to block a controversial mixed-use development off Lancaster Avenue was greeted skeptically in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday. After a nearly three-hour hearing, Judge Dan Pellegrini allowed the developer, Dranoff Properties, to intervene as a party to the lawsuit and agreed to an expedited hearing for the defendants' objections. The Save Ardmore Coalition has asked the court to block the commonwealth from issuing $10.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds for the eight-story residential and retail tower that would replace Lower Merion's Cricket Avenue parking lot. The coalition alleges it would be a misappropriation of funds because the legislature in 2007 approved $15 million in grants for "costs related to the redevelopment of the Ardmore train station.
September 4, 2015 |
TALK ABOUT starting small. When William Fleming Todd started his church in an Ardmore storefront in 1983, it had 11 members, six from his own family. That early version of Christ Haven Pentecostal Church, little more than a prayer group that included his wife and five children, grew over the next 32 years into a congregation of more than 400. It moved from Ardmore to Darby, and finally to its present building on Lindbergh Boulevard near 68th Street, Elmwood. And William Todd, who began his ministry as a street preacher, buttonholing pedestrians on the streets of Washington, D.C., advanced to become a bishop and a force in the Pentecostal movement worldwide.
August 2, 2015 |
Shuggie Otis, 61, is still a mystery. The incendiary guitar-playing son of R&B legend Johnnie Otis was nearly the next Hendrix - only funkier and cuter - until he took a spacey, more soulful route. For the most part, Shuggie Otis - like his dad - was more interested in the eccentric corners and odd edges of the blues and large-band R&B. Otis, best known for writing "Strawberry Letter 23," a song that topped the charts in 1977 in a Brothers Johnson cover, has remained an enigma whose work is best known as samples for Beyonce and hip-hop producer J Dilla.