Thursday, December 18, 2008

Then and Now: 30-36 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

August 2007 - December 2008

Pictured here is 30-34 E. Lancaster Avenue before and after an ambitious first-floor facade renovation by the team behind J.R. Monaghan's Pub & Grille, which deserves enormous credit for filling the enormous black hole left behind by the dingy All Natural Market. The first-floor renovation was so successful that it's difficult today to imagine how abysmal the building looked less than a year ago without consulting a photograph. However, it would be unfair not to note that a good many facade renovations in Ardmore would not have happened without 50-50 matching grants provided by its Business Improvement District, the Ardmore Initiative, where I previously interned. The ability of BIDs, downtown development corporations, and other Main Street programs to leverage state and federal grant funds to encourage redevelopment can provide a crucial starting point for small town revitalization.

Original Image: "036-30 E Lancaster Ave." 2007. Lower Merion/Narberth Buildings. Lower Merion Historical Society. 15 Dec. 2008.

No comments: