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Steve Masters, Esquire
Cell: 215.284.1622
Jordan Yeager, Esquire
Cell: 215.264.1166



Ardmore, January 30, 2015:
Determined to save their businesses and preserve the unique character and charm of Ardmore, the owners of six commercial properties located on the edge of the Cricket Parking Lot filed suit against Lower Merion Township on Friday, January 30, 2015.
Steve Masters, Esquire, President of JustLaws and Jordan Yeager, Esquire, Partner at Curtin & Heefner, represent the Cricket Lot businesses in this litigation.
Their lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, aims to stop Lower Merion Township from moving forward with plans to sell off the township owned Cricket Parking Lot to private developer Carl Dranoff. Dranoff plans to use state RACP funding to turn the parking lot into a hulking eight story tall luxury residential tower with an above ground parking garage and first floor commercial stores.
The Cricket Lot business’ lawsuit is a direct challenge to the December 10, 2014 vote of the Commissioners of Lower Merion Township to vacate a portion of Haws Terrace, the road that provides vehicles with the only means of access between Cricket Avenue and the Cricket Parking Lot.
Haws Terrace has been an integral part of the Cricket Parking Lot since 1958, when Lower Merion Township converted the land around Haws Terrace into the Cricket Parking Lot.

Since 1958, Haws Terrace has provided the only access for fire engines and other emergency responders to provide emergency services to these Cricket Lot businesses.
The Cricket Parking Lot is the lifeblood for all of these businesses. Virtually every customer drives and parks on the Cricket Parking Lot in order to patronize each of their businesses.
If the township has its way, the parking lot would be closed for up to two years during construction of the Dranoff luxury apartment tower.
The Cricket Lot businesses project that without any convenient parking for customers, their businesses will all fail during those two years of construction and disruption.
Richard Schimek, owner and operator of PartyLand, one of the businesses located on the Cricket Parking Lot, explained what’s at stake for his business when he testified at the Township’s public hearing on December 10th: “If we close I lose everything. I lose my future, all my savings. I have four kids to feed and that all goes away, but all that aside I also lose 10 employees which I’m very concerned about.”
A copy of the Petition for Appointment of a Board of View and for Review of Road Report can be found here.

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