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Historical Architectural Review Board

Regular Monthly Meeting


Notice is hereby given that the Historical Architectural Review Board of Lower Merion Township will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:15 AM in the Board Room on the Second Floor of the Township Building, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA. The Board will review the following applications beginning at 8:30 AM:

Application No.         17-24

            Property:  24-26 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
            Applicant: Yi Wang – Yi’s Boba
            District:  Ardmore

Applicant proposes a new projecting, illuminated sign for a tea room. The 16 ft. wide by 2 ft. tall sign would cover a portion of the storefront’s existing transom windows.

Application No.         17-25

            Property:  18 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
            Applicant:  Aris Degirmenci
            District:  Ardmore

Applicant proposes replacing 8 second and third story windows with Andersen Renewal double-hung sashes. Aluminum storm windows would be removed.

Application No.         17-26

            Property:  17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford, PA 19041
            Applicant: LA Building Contractors Inc./Children’s Book World
            District: Haverford Station

Applicant proposes to replace two existing nine-light storefront windows and a main entrance door with new single-pane aluminum-frame windows and an aluminum-frame door.

Application No.         17-27

            Property:  9 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
            Applicant: Joseph Amrani, Delice & Chocolat
            District: Ardmore

Applicant appeared before the HARB in May and June for their space at 7 Station Road. They are now expanding into the former Radio Shack space on the corner of the same building, facing Lancaster Avenue. The applicant proposes to uncover four previously obscured storefront windows (including one that had been faced with horizontal vinyl siding), install two signs on each side of the corner entrance door, install vinyl window graphics, restore transoms that had been covered by Radio Shack’s box signs, repaint the façade and cornice, and install striped awnings. Colors and materials will match the applicant’s existing space at 7 Station Road.

Application No.         17-28

            Property: 615 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066
            Applicant: Daniel Campbell / Merion Friends Meeting
            District: Merion Friends Meeting/General Wayne Inn

A 12-foot section of a dry-set retaining wall facing Montgomery Avenue is leaning. The wall will be removed for examination and design study. Stones will be stored and re-installed with mortared joints to match other existing sections of the wall.

Application No.         17-22

            Property:  929 Merion Square Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
            Applicant: Jeff & Erin Addis
            District:  Gladwyne

Applicant appeared before the HARB in July, when the application was tabled pending additional information. Proposed is a rear two-story addition to this stucco ca. 1874 house. Addition would incorporate an existing rear frame addition clad in horizontal siding and project beyond the home’s right side. The addition has been modified from the previous application in terms of the material and pitch of the new roof. Also newly proposed are a new front door and six new windows on the sides of the home’s historic portion, four on one side and two on the other. Those side walls are currently windowless.


Application No.         17-23

            Property:  501, 503, 507 Old Lancaster Road, Haverford, PA 19041
            Applicant: Michael Main
            District: Haverford Station

Applicant appeared before the HARB in July for this development proposal on a triangular property bound by Old Lancaster Road and the railroad. The proposal is to renovate an existing contributing home at 507 Old Lancaster Road, demolish a contributing home at 503 Old Lancaster Road and build a new twin home on the site, and demolish a group of garages at 501 Old Lancaster Road and replace them with a new single family residence. The application has been altered to move the driveway serving the twins’ front-loading garages to the sides of the building (with detached/semi-detached garages), and to further re-configure the site plan utilizing Conditional Use incentives made available for historic resources. The HARB will need to evaluate the proposed subdivision, whether the proposed Conditional Use incentives are appropriate, and the architecture of the structures.



NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Architectural Review Board will be discussed at the following meetings:

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
approx. 6:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
approx. 7:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

If an application is TABLED, it is not forwarded to the Building and Planning Committee.

Anyone interested in reviewing the applications and plans submitted by the applicant may review this information in the Building Regulations Division of the Building and Planning Department at the Lower Merion Township Building (Monday-Friday, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM).

Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting should contact this office at least three days prior to the meeting - (610) 645-6172.

Michael R. Wylie, Secretary

Board Members:
Scott Kalner, Chair
Philip Franks, Vice-Chair
Julie Alexandre
Ann Shepard Houston
Philip Ivory
Ina Sargen
Sharon Sorokin 
Next HARB meeting: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 8:15 A.M.



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