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The Township of Lower Merion, first settled in 1682 and well known as an attractive and affluent residential community, is located along Philadelphia’s famed Main Line. Fine homes and estates, excellent highways, exclusive shops and department stores, luxurious apartment houses, stately church edifices, some buildings dating back to the 17th century, and superior public, private and parochial schools and colleges characterize the Township.

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Covering an area of 23.64 square miles, the Township is bounded by the City of Philadelphia, the Boroughs of Conshohocken and West Conshohocken, and the Townships of Upper Merion and Whitemarsh in Montgomery County and by the Townships of Haverford and Radnor in Delaware County. The Borough of Narberth, although a separate political entity of one-half square mile, is completely surrounded by the   Township.

Other highways serving the Township are U.S. Route 30 and State Routes 23 and 320. The Blue Route Expressway (Interstate 476), connects the Delaware Expressway (Interstate Route 95) near the City of Chester on the south with the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Northeast Extension on the north, traveling through the western part of the Township. In addition, the Blue Route Expressway provides an interchange with the Schuylkill Expressway and Matsons Ford Road at the Township’s western border.

Numerous large shopping centers containing the finest shops and stores are strategically located within the Township including Ardmore, Bala-Cynwyd, City Avenue, Haverford, Suburban Square (Ardmore), and Wynnewood, plus unaffiliated commercial areas located  in the Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, and Penn Valley areas of the Township.

A large supply of public parking can be found in the following commercial areas:

The traditional Ardmore business district is one of the larger business districts in Lower Merion Township, and contains a pleasing mix of restaurants, entertainment venues, and small specialty shops, including antique and gift stores. Historic Ardmore is adjacent to Suburban Square, one of America’s oldest shopping centers, and containing national and independent specialty stores that offer unique customer services in a well-maintained pedestrian environment. MAP

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Bala Village is a pedestrian-oriented area with the ambiance and economics to allow the district to be positioned to offer unusual and creative retail/personal service businesses and food establishments. MAP

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The Bryn Mawr business district is a traditional commercial area within the Township and contains the largest breadth in its range and variety of businesses and services, from national chains  offering convenience and specialty goods to its ‘village’ core as the historic and pedestrian-oriented heart of the commercial district. Medical offices associated with the Bryn Mawr Hospital are also integrated into the mix. MAP

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Merion-Cynwyd is primarily a pedestrian- oriented area of upscale specialty businesses and food establishments, as well as offices primarily serving the personal needs of residents  living in proximity. MAP

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Penn Wynne is a small residential enclave of businesses that provide professional services and food service to the neighboring residential areas. MAP

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Other major commercial areas in Lower Merion Township:

City Avenue Special Services District is located in Philadelphia and Lower Merion. The City Avenue area contains over 2.6 million square feet of office space and hotel rooms  and a wide range of retail stores and apartments and houses.

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Gladwyne’s village character is a tiny, quaint, historic and pedestrian-oriented hamlet that offers virtually all the convenience goods and services needed by its immediate residential community. The small town attributes of personalized customer service, deliveries, and neighborliness are a hallmark of this district.

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Haverford is a district very similar to Ardmore and Suburban Square in its offering of high quality, high-service businesses in an attractive environment, while providing more independent specialty stores than  national chains. Although there are several curb meters available along Lancaster Avenue, most parking is supplied by the retail property owners.

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Penn Valley is a neighborhood business district offering convenience retail businesses and offices to Lower Merion Township as well as Narberth Borough. Most parking is supplied by the retail property owners, although there are some curb meters available along Montgomery  Avenue.

 
Rock Hill Valley/Belmont Hills is currently an eclectic mix of warehousing, distribution, convenience retail, and general office buildings. As new transportation improvements are made in the Rock Hill Road corridor,  the area will be transformed with new residential and  office  development.  
Wynnewood is a commercial district of traditional and convenient retail businesses and services that serve the Lower Merion residents. In addition, it is the site of a number of    medical offices affiliated with Lankenau Hospital.

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