In 1957 there weren’t many Orthodox Jews in Lower Merion. There weren’t many Jews at all. The synagogues Har Zion, now in Penn Valley, and Beth David, now in Gladwyne were going strong, but they were still in Wynnefield. Main Line Reform was holding services in a big old house in Wynnewood. Adath Israel had already moved to its current location on Old Lancaster Road, in Merion, but construction on its big domed sanctuary did not start until the following year.
Also in 1957, Lower Merion Synagogue (LMS) moved to its current location, also on Old Lancaster Road directly across the street from Adath Israel. In 1957 LMS was the only Orthodox synagogue in the township. Its “monopoly” lasted for close to 40 years.
As it goes in the nation, so it goes in Lower Merion: Rentals are trending. Heavily. That’s why developers are betting on projects like a 33-unit complex at Athens and Walton in Ardmore and a 284-unit complex on Righter’s Ferry Road. Also, according to the Inquirer:
…115 apartments (plus offices) at the Palmer Theological Seminary at City and Lancaster Avenues, 250 units next to the Wynnewood train station, 121 apartments on a municipal parking lot on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore” and a plan for 40-plus units near Ardmore’s Suburban Square on Sibley Avenue…If all the projects now on the boards are built, they would increase the total number of rental properties in Lower Merion by roughly 20 percent.
Will this activity bring a new surge of life to towns like Ardmore, that can be a little too sleepy for their own good? Or will they flood the school district with too many new students? Read more here.
It doesn’t happen too often with incredible luxury properties in our area, but this 9,000-square-foot five-bedroom will now be offered at foreclosure auction due to an outstanding balance of about $2 million. It sits on more than 3 acres of gated land on a private road and features a pool and spa with wrap-around deck; a fitted-out pub; a media room; and a fireplace in the master bedroom.
At its last monthly meeting before the fall Monday night, the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission gave the green light to a huge new Whole Foods Market at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Wynnewood Road.
The new, 45,000-square-foot supermarket, which would replace an existing store just west of the site, will occupy a lot assembled from eight parcels stretching eastward from the Cumberland Farms store at the intersection to just west of the Citizens Bank on Wynnewood. Two large office buildings, the Cumberland Farms and six other commercial structures will be demolished to make way for the store.
Do you have your heart set on buying a home in fabulous Lower Merion Township? Take a look at this 8,000 square foot gem in Gladwyne. What’s that? $3,250,000 is more than you want to spend? Don’t be silly. Everything is negotiable. Go in with an offer of $2.6 million. You’ll go back and forth [...]
Tom Knox announced in April that he was planning to run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015. He’s run before for mayor and also ran for governor, so these are muscles he knows how to flex. And money is no object, so he can spend whatever he needs to on the campaign. In his 2007 mayoral run, according to the DN’s Chris Brennan, he spent in excess of $10 million–his own money, mind you, not donations. What’s another $10 million, give or take? Brennan writes:
Knox now says he will bank his money until late in the game and focus on fundraising early.
“At the very end, if needed, I’ll do whatever I need to do to win,” Knox said.
Translation: spend as much money as he has to.
Given the fact that money isn’t an issue, maybe it’s time for Knox to knock (ahem) off some dollars from the asking price of Meadowbrook, his spectacular estate that includes several buildings–including a main house, a stone carriage house, a guest house and a spring house. The three-car garage is also a separate building, and as it’s unfinished, could be another something-house if that’s preferable.
The 16-month renovation of the Bala Cynwyd Library included the addition of 6,000 square feet, but the space that’s getting the most emphasis is a small seating area that visitors will see right as they walk in. Chairs are arranged around an ornamental fireplace that’s always been in the building but was pretty much ignored. Now it’ll serve as a focal point, looking more like a living room than a shelving area.
What else will visitors see when they get to go in on May 19th? A mural of children’s stories, easier access to an elevator and the reference desk, a better flow to the sections, and a young adult room. Overall, the building’s multicolored glass windows make for a Mondrian vibe–if a library can be compared to Mondrian.
It’s been a busy time for real estate news in Lower Merion. There was the announcement of the 284-unit apartment building on Righters Ferry Road in Bala (about a nine minute walk to Lord and Taylor), and a report of a 31-unit condo planned at the site of the old YMCA in Ardmore.
The Presser Senior Apartments, above, won preservation awards for Nolen Properties, the company that's proposing an 11-story apartment building for Bala Cynwyd.
Nolen Properties is proposing new rentals in Lower Merion: an 11-story building on Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd with 284 units, most of them one-bedroom apartments.