Bryn Mawr development plans in play

April 2, 2008 5:29:40 PM PDT
For years officials and residents of Lower Merion Township have been talking about revitalization on the Main Line. Ardmore has a developer for its revitalization project. Lower Merion Township commissioners are expected to approve a proposed "Village Zoning District" tonight that would lay the foundation for major redevelopment in Bryn Mawr.

The proposed "Byrn Mawr Village District" encompasses a mile long stretch of Lancaster Avenue and spills over into residential areas on both sides of the downtown corridor. The area that would see the most change would be the nearly 2-acre parking lot adjacent to the train station; the only "town square" in the township.

The revitalization project was initiated by Bryn Mawr Hospital. Its zoning code was expanded in 2006 and construction on a new parking garage is already underway. Also, utility work is being done on a new medical office building.

Not all members of the community totally agree. More than 2 dozen residents on Central Avenue sold their row homes to the hospital. 1 in 3 homes are still occupied. Under the new zoning plan, residential and commercial buildings would be built around them.

A preliminary rezoning meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday night at the township building. It is open to the public. If the commissioners give their approval, the Bryn Mawr zoning plan will be advertised to residents, and their will be a more detailed public meeting on May 7th.