Rooftop rendering of One Ardmore Place | Image courtesy of Dranoff Properties.
One Ardmore Place, which recently had a lawsuit regarding it dismissed, has finally inched closer to reality, as the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison reports a construction-prepping date is slated for the next month or so. Let’s hope any opposition against it has waned by the time work starts, as the construction schedule for the mixed-use development calls for 24 months to conclude in spring 2017.
According to Allison, project manager Josh Weingram (also Dranoff’s vice president of development) announced this some days ago during the Ardmore Initiative’s annual leadership breakfast, adding that the first three months of the project would be taken up with utility work and that the Cricket Avenue Lot would still be open for parking, while advancing days will see closures along Cricket Avenue to Cricket Terrace.
Month 4, Allison writes, will see the lot close for excavation work.
Rob Wasserman (owner of Rouge and 500º), is opening his new restaurant, Parlor, on March 1, and he’s doing it in the same Suburban Square location as his not-so-successful former restaurant The Saint James.
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Not Your Average Joe’s is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square on February 23rd. The Massachusetts-based, casual bar-restaurant chain is taking over the old movie theater at Suburban Square. The Ardmore location is the second are location for the chain, NYAJ opened in Glen Mills last year.
Also in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, Michael Klein has the details on Besito, an upscale Mexican chain from Long Island, New York that promises “a fiesta every night.”
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The historical Ardmore properties in question as of 2012. | Photo via Google Street View
Ooof, this is definitely not helping the already partially(?) deplored One Ardmore Place project.
As previously reported, Carl Dranoff’s planned mixed-use development has been mired with dissenters since its approval, going so far as to inspire a protest in November. More recently, the project was connected to a lawsuit filed by six local business owners against Lower Merion Township after the township granted the developer a historical road for his project.
Now, the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison reports the new owners of two historical properties on Cricket Avenue (47 and 53-55) have submitted a formal application for the demolition of their buildings. Their reasons for wanting the demo? Parking.
More specifically, temporary parking to alleviate traffic during the construction of Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place.
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Rendering of the new Fuel Ardmore | Via Facebook.
If you’re a fan of organic meals that don’t break the calorie bank (Um, who isn’t?), get ready to jump with joy: The beloved all-organic spot Fuel, which currently has locations in Center City and South Philly, is opening a new outpost in Ardmore on Friday.
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Former Saint James in Ardmore will become Parlor Pizza Bar
Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge and 500 Degrees, has announced his plan to turn his Saint James into a family friendly pizza restaurant called Parlor Pizza Bar in early March. The restaurant will be located at Saint James used to be, at 30 Parking Plaza in Ardmore.
Parlor Pizza Bar’s menu will center around artisan wood fired pizzas, as well as pastas and salads intended for families and groups. The restaurant will also be serving draft wines by the glass, with reasonably priced options starting at $6 a glass.
Otto Architects is remodeling the space, bringing in a crimson and gray palette. A Ferrari red pizza oven imported from Modena, Italy will be the focal point of the dining room.
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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.
The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.
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Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place was off to a rocky start and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. According to Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times, residents recently banded together at a meeting to express their disapproval for the redevelopment project’s height.
During a forum with the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners this past Wednesday, neighbors wore t-shirts with the words “Save Cricket Lot 4 Ardmore” and argued that the sections of the planned mixed-use building that rise up eight stories do not adhere to the neighborhood’s character. They then reiterated past complaints, as well. From the Main Line Times: Read more »
Logo for One Ardmore Place, Carl Dranoff’s new mixed-use development. Courtesy Dranoff Properties.
The “Rally for Ardmore” in front of the Lower Merion Township Building brought out about 90 residents and business owners, according to the Main Line Times, who are against developer Carl Dranoff’s plan for the Cricket Avenue parking lot — a plan he’s practically had to sell his soul to see realized. The group chanted, “What do we want? No eight stories. Slow this thing down now.” All right, so it’s not exactly “we shall overcome,” but the point was made.
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The Iron Hill Brewing Co.’s Ardmore location has been in the plans since at least December of 2012. And though it looked like it might not happen at all for a time, the brewing equipment has arrived on site today.
The brewpub will be located at 44 Greenfield Avenue and will be the eleventh location for the chain, which stretches from Newark, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The brewpub is aiming to open before the end of the year and has named Paul Rutherford, formerly of Iron Hill Chestnut Hill as its head brewer. That move set off a chain reaction in the Iron Hill family. Chris LaPierre, who opened the Maple Shade location has moved to Chestnut Hill and Andrew Rubenstein will be brewing at Maple Shade, with Iron Hill Voorhees head brewer Kevin Walter overseeing both locations. Got it? Good.
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