About The Ardmore Initiative
The Ardmore Initiative works closely with the Township's Retail Coordinator, to recruit new and appropriate retailers to our downtown district. If you are interested in starting a new business in Ardmore, please peruse our available real estate listings and our business directory (navigation bar on left) to see how your business will fit with our mix. Heidi can be of great help in explaining Ardmore's incentive programs, available space for rent or purchase, and Lower Merion Township's building code requirements.
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The east-west boundaries of the district extend from WyomingAvenue and 333 West Lancaster Avenue on the western end to233 East Lancaster and 218 East Lancaster Avenue on the easternend. The northern boundary follows the railroad tracks, and thesouthern boundary proceeds along Rittenhouse Place up to andincluding 30 East Athens Avenue, and along Cricket Avenue upto 123 Cricket Avenue.
The Ardmore Initiative is governed by a Board of Directors,11 to 17 in number, representing the property owners and across-section of business interests. In addition, two representatives of Lower Merion’s Board of Commissioners and theArdmore Initiative's Solicitor serve as ex-officio members ofthe Board. Board members are nominated by the ArdmoreInitiative and appointed by the Lower Merion Board of Commissionersfor 5-year terms. The day to day operations of theArdmore Initiative are overseen by an Executive Director working under the direction of the Board.
The projects and services undertaken by the Ardmore Initiativeare funded in part by a special assessment on each commercialproperty within the district based on the assessedvalue of the property. The payment of the annual assessmentis enforceable in the same manner as municipal real estate taxassessments.
When the Ardmore Initiative was approved in 1993, it containeda “sunset” provision requiring property owners withinthe district to reauthorize the Authority after five years ofoperation. This Five Year Plan addresses the Ardmore Initiative’srequest for reauthorization.
The Ardmore Initiative
Christine Vilardo, Executive Director
56 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003