Thursday, April 18, 2013
Lower Merion's Building and Planning Committee discussed a proposed demolition of a Bryn Mawr storefront and houses.
Lower Merion's Building and Planning Committee met April 10 to discuss a proposed new retail and apartment building. According to Main Line Media News, "the lot at 1112 W. Lancaster Ave. is currently occupied by one of the early commercial buildings of the town. It would be demolished along with a carriage house at the rear of the property. The development plan also calls for razing of two older single-family homes around the corner at 20 and 24 S. Roberts Road, where the partners would build two larger twin homes, for four new residential units." The commercial building is currently occupied by the Bryn Mawr Rug Company. According to the newspaper, the committee's vote of 13 to 1 was expected to be made final at the board’s regular …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jorge Cruz is charged with three Lower Merion Township burglaries, one Radnor Township burglary and related charges, according to police and court documents.
Jorge Cruz, 46, of N. Randolph Street in Philadelphia, has been arrested on multiple burglary charges, Lower Merion police announced Wednesday. Philadelphia Police arrested Cruz in connection to a burglary and recovered "numerous items of jewelry which also linked Cruz to burglaries in Lower Merion Township," Lower Merion police said. Cruz is charged with four counts of burglary, a first-degree felony, along with four counts each of criminal tresspassing, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, all third-degree felonies, according to court documents. Cruz is charged with three Lower Merion burglaries and another that occurred in Radnor Township, according to Lower Merion police. The exact dates and locations of the …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The awards will be deferred to 2014.
Lower Merion's Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) and the Historical Commission received an insufficient number of potential applicants to conduct an historic preservation awards program in 2013, according to the township. Last year's award winners included: The Haverford School, 107 Ardmore Avenue, 254 Righters Mill Road, Lower Merion Conservancy and Merion Friends Meetinghouse. Read about and see photos of all of last year's winners in the pdf section of this article. Projects that have been completed within the last three calendar years will be eligible for consideration in next year’s award program. The Historic Preservation Awards have been presented in Lower Merion since 1994, according to Main Line Media News. There were …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A rundown of the week in Bryn Mawr and Gladwyne police news.
The following incidents occurred last week around the Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Villanova and Rosemont area. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Alerts Issued Over Rash of Break-Ins Man Reports Being Head-Butted at Bryn Mawr Bar Area Officers Participate in Brad Fox ‘Stache Bash Drunken Teen Found Unconscious in Bryn Mawr Yard, Police Say $500,000 in Jewelry and Handbags Stolen from Villanova Home OMG PD: Car Covered in Feces, Stolen Groban CDs Main Line Native Missing, Family Asks For Help
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Recent thefts prompt county and local civic organization to issue urgent bulletins.
Montgomery County sent out an alert Wednesday afternoon warning of a rash of recent break-ins throughout Lower Merion Township: nine burglaries and four attempted burglaries, by their count. Several of these are detailed in Patch reports this week: Not long after the county's bulletin, the South Ardmore Betterment Alliance (SABA) issued its own alert: Dear Neighbors, Thefts of bicycles from garages and some break-ins have been continuing in our neighborhood. One neighbor on Morris Rd. encountered a man in his late 20s/early 30s, about 5'9", white, thin build, with a close cropped beard and light brown hair on her porch at 9:00 AM looking at a bicycle. When confronted he claimed he was looking for "Hastings Street" and left. She observed a …
This location of the fast-food chain is the first on the Main Line to get an exterior update.
Red mansard roofs and white brick are so 20th Century. The ubiquitous McDonald's is changing the look of their stores, and the change is coming to the Main Line, starting in Rosemont. "The new model features more natural tones of gray and terracotta. Finishes for the Rosemont location will include “stacked stone arcades” on the new front façade on Lancaster Avenue and predominantly red brick on other elevations. The roof will be flat, topped by that new stylized arch," reports Main Line Media News. The plan required "conditional use" approval by Lower Merion Township's Board of Commissioners. Read more about McDonald's new look by clicking here.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The still-hypothetical ordinance would offer typical nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Through an array of federal and state laws afford legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national origin and disability, a hypothetical Montgomery County ordinance would seek to afford similar protections to people who could suffer discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Lower Merion is among 22 Pennsylvania municipalities that have passed nondiscrimination ordinances that specifically included protections for LGBT people. "I believe it is critically important for our county to be at the leading edge of ensuring the rights of everyone in Montgomery County, in particular those who do not have certain protected rights right now in the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A public hearing is being held Wednesday.
On Wednesday, March 20, a public hearing is being held about an amendment to the Bryn Mawr Village District ordinance that would solidify that student housing is only allowed by special exception in that zoning district. The hearing takes place during the Board of Commissioner's meeting at 8 p.m. in the Lower Merion municipal building. The action is to close an apparent loophole in the zoning that would allow by-right student housing in the district. Lower Merion's Zoning Board recently granted the student housing requests by two property owners, but that was because the township's violation notices were defective, said commissioner Scott Zelov. The violation notes did not reference back to the section of zoning code that referred to …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A former Lower Merion police officer and the Pennsylvania FOP recording secretary Joseph Regan recently met Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) met last week with Joe Regan, Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police and a 28-year veteran of Lower Merion Township Police Department. “I’m always grateful to hear from representatives of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement community,” said Sen. Toomey. “My thanks to Joe Regan for taking the time to come to D.C. and meet with me. Thank you for all you do, Joe, and thank you to all those serving in law enforcement to protect Pennsylvania’s communities.” Regan previously served as the past vice president, chaplain, recording secretary, and past president of Lower Merion Lodge #28. Regan also served as the past president of Towns, Townships & Boroughs Association. He is …
Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for nine local bank robberies in the past three weeks.
Police have charged Philadelphia resident Tarik Hooks, 35, with multiple counts of bank robbery after they say he robbed nine banks in three weeks in the Philadelphia area. From Feb. 2 to Feb. 21, police say Hooks robbed the TD Bank on West Lancaster Ave. in Haverford and then eight other banks in the Philadelphia area, including two banks in Bala Cynwyd. Police say Hooks robbed the Citizens Bank inside the Acme on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd and then several more banks from Roxborough to Landsdowne. Read more of the details on Ardmore Patch.