Photo by Kathy Yao ’18/Sta Current parking lot at Lancaster and Ardmore Ave. intersection where Target would be built.
Recently, there has been a proposal to build a Target very close to LMHS. The store would be stationed across at the intersection of Lancaster and Ardmore avenues, across from McDonalds, and next door to IHOP. The store would reside in a huge build- ing—32,000 square feet and ve stories high—and would in-
clude an underground parking garage for Target and four other stores on the ground oor and up to 35 apartments on the upper levels. While many people are excited about this possible addition to the Ardmore area, there are others who view having a Target in Lower Merion as detrimental.
During the month of November, the Lower Merion
Board of Commissioners held multiple meetings to discuss
whether or not the Target should be built. The biggest con-
cern and hold-up is increased tra c in an already dense in-
tersection. With the addition of a Target, residents believe
this area would become even more congested, leading to
possible safety hazards. Another downside to a Target could
be the light and noise pollution. Target stays open until very
late, keeping bright lights on at hours that might be prob-
lematic for the surrounding neighborhood. According to
Main Line Media News, resident Tanya Gardner expressed her concern by saying that “if this store is going to be open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Target is well-lit and it’s well-lit for a purpose and just thinking about how the landscape will change with Target’s lights on from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., it’s not a good t.”
During the week of November 12, there were two township board meetings during which members voted on the proposition, each featuring discussions over four hours in
length. Developers and residents expressed several points in favor of building a Target. One argument in support is that it would be economically bene cial. In addition, Chris Leswing, director of Building and Planning for Lower Merion, argued against the con-
cerns about tra c by saying that since so many Lower Merion residents already drive to other Targets, such as the one on City Line Avenue, adding one in Ardmore will ultimately decrease tra c by evenly distributing where people will go.
As of now, there is an empty space where the Target could be built. Current developer Joe Hopkins has had a lot of experi- ence with prospective speci c property. Hopkins purchased it in 2003, and planned on turning it into a Rite Aid. When this plan didn’t work due to di culties with the Rite Aid corporation, the idea for a Target arose. Hopkins defends the idea to build the Target, as documented by Main Line Media News. “That build- ing is important to us,” Hopkins said. “It’s important to this
community. I no longer want to see a vacant lot sitting there. It’s an eyesore on this township at a corner that is the most prom- inent corner in Lower Merion Township if not in Montgomery
Debate rages on. So whether you are excited about a closer Target, and having another
place to go to after eating lunch in Suburban Square on half days, or are worried because you already try and avoid that intersection at all costs, stay tuned. Sooner or later, the Target of this controversy will be resolved.