ABOUT

Mission

The mission of the Ardmore Initiative is to manage the business improvement district in Ardmore, PA, to improve the business mix, to foster the preservation and development of downtown’s historic buildings, be an advocate for business and property owners, promote the downtown for the benefit of all Ardmore residents, and to partner with the Township of Lower Merion and area community organizations.

Vision

Our vision for downtown Ardmore is to create a welcoming, walkable, and inclusive downtown that offers a vibrant business mix, including family-friendly independent and national retail stores and service businesses. Our specialty food shops and restaurants build on our already robust reputation as a regional dining destination. Downtown will serve as a vital destination for all Ardmore residents and visitors, with shops and eateries to meet every budget. Our yearlong calendar of well-regarded and highly anticipated special events will make memories for generations of Lower Merion residents and shoppers. Visit Destination Ardmore.

History

Founded as the Ardmore Main Street Program in 1988, Ardmore Initiative has a long history here in Downtown Ardmore. In 1993, Ardmore Initiative was designated as a municipal business district authority by Lower Merion Township. Ardmore Initiative’s charter was renewed in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013.

Boundaries

The Ardmore Initiative provides services within the Ardmore Business District. The east-west boundaries of the district extend from Wyoming Avenue and 333 West Lancaster Avenue on the western end to 233 East Lancaster and 218 East Lancaster Avenue on the eastern end. The northern boundary follows the railroad tracks, and the southern boundary proceeds along Rittenhouse Place up to and including 30 East Athens Avenue, and along Cricket Avenue up to 123 Cricket Avenue. The district also includes the commercial properties along Greenfield Avenue.

Assessment

The projects and services undertaken by Ardmore Initiative are funded in part by a special real estate assessment on each commercial property within the business district boundaries based on the assessed value of the property. The payment of the annual assessment is enforceable in the same manner as municipal real estate tax assessments. The millage rate for the 2016 real estate assessment is 1.87.

For county and municipal millage rates view the Montgomery County website.

Administration

The Ardmore Initiative is governed by a Board of Directors, 11 to 17 in number, representing the property owners and a cross-section of business interests. In addition, the Ardmore representatives of Lower Merion’s Board of Commissioners and Ardmore Initiative’s Solicitor serve as ex-officio members of the Board. The Board is nominated by the Ardmore Initiative and appointed by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners for 5-year terms. The staff of Ardmore Initiative oversees day-to-day operations.

Executive Committee:

Ryan PesinRyan has been involved in the family automotive business since 2000. Ryan attended Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA and graduated in 1996. Ryan graduated from Penn State University, University Park with a degree in Marketing in 2000.

Upon graduation, Ryan started working at Main Line Saab and Central City Toyota (part of the Paul Family Organization) in 2000. In 2006, Ardmore Toyota opened, and Ryan assisted in the planning for the dealership from a Networking and IT standpoint. In 2011, Ryan was promoted to VP of Marketing, Advertising & Technology for Ardmore Toyota and Central City Toyota.

Ryan is involved in assisting with community relations for the dealerships, including heading up the annual Taste of Ardmore event that takes place annually at Ardmore Toyota. Ryan is active in assisting the Ronald McDonald House and The Enterprise Center in University City. Ryan and his family live in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Joe Silver is an attorney at Silver & Silver who focuses his practice on Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation and Employment law. He represents individuals before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Disability Law Committee. He is also a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and likes to ride bicycles in his free time.

Jamie SingerJamie is a writer and video producer who has worked in communications her entire life. Since 2001, her business, Jamie Writes, Inc., has helped many corporate clients, with a focus on major pharmaceutical companies.  She writes marketing materials, video scripts, and for pharmaceutical drug launch meetings.

Jamie has lived in Lower Merion Township for most of her life. She is a proud product of Lower Merion schools, as are her twin son and daughter.

Board Members:

26For the past thirteen years, Harry has resided in Ardmore. The past twenty-two years, he has owned and operated Harry’s Treasures and Collectibles in Ardmore. He graduated from Garden Spot High School in New Holland, PA in 1969. He served ten years active duty in the United States Navy and is a member of the VFW. He served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Ardmore Business Association from 2008-2010 and currently serves as a Board member. Outside of working and his family, he has a true passion for the sport of fishing.

Jesy Brackett has served on the Ardmore Initiative Board since 2018.  She is the Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations at Lincoln Financial Group in Radnor, PA and an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute.  Jesy holds a M.A. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is member of the Junior League of Philadelphia and is actively involved in their fundraising efforts, including the Thrift Shop located in downtown Ardmore, and assisted with oversight of its renovation in 2018.  Under her direction, the Thrift Shop has taken a more active role in participating in community events including Ardmore Oktoberfest and the Cricket Cringle.  Jesy is also the President of the Texas Exes Philadelphia Chapter, the ex-students organization for her alma mater.  Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, she spent time in Chile teaching ESL.  Jesy resides in Ardmore, though she is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jean Broillet IV is the 09-08owner of Tired Hands Brew Café and Tired Hands Fermentaria, both in Ardmore. Jean gained experience in brewing first by creating home brews in his parent’s garage, and later at the Weyerbacher Brewing Company and Iron Hill. After perfecting his business plan, Jean and his wife purchased an old physician’s office in Ardmore, which is today the location of Tired Hands Brew Café. Just three years later, Tired Hands Fermentaria opened a few blocks away. Known for their emphasis on small batch production, locally sourced ingredients, and superior brews, Tired Hands is beloved both locally and worldwide.

2Mike Coughlan graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in business management in 1983. He has been an active member of the Ardmore business community since 1992, when he opened State Farm Insurance now located on Rittenhouse Pl. Mike has served Ardmore Initiative since 2004 as a board member, treasurer, and chair. He is also a member of Ardmore Business Association. Mike resides in Ardmore.

Mike Elias joined our Board in March, 2018 and is the Dean of Student Engagement and Leadership Initiatives, and Associate Dean of the College at Haverford College. He resides in Havertown.

Bio coming soon.

Anne joined our Board in March 2018 and has more than 15 years of experience in the urban planning field.  She is currently Assistant Section Chief of County Planning at the Montgomery County Planning Commission.  She holds a Master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently resides with her family in Penn Wynne.

Bio coming soon.

Bio coming soon.

Bio coming soon.

Join Our Board!

We’re currently seeking passionate and qualified district merchants, property owners, local residents, and skilled professionals to join our Board. Please submit your resume and application form to Nancy@ArdmoreInitiative.org

Board Meetings in 2019

All Ardmore Initiative Board Meetings are open to the public. They will be held at the Ardmore Initiative’s office starting at 4:00pm on the following dates: 1/15/2019, 2/12/2019, 3/12/2019, 6/11/2019, 8/13/2019, 10/15/2019, and 12/10/2019.

Staff:

Nancy Scarlato served as Secretary of Ardmore Initiative for many years before serving as Chair in 2016 and now taking on the role of Executive Director.  She is also a board member of Junior League of Philadelphia, which owns and operates the thrift shop at 27 W. Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. Through her work with Junior League and YMCA, Nancy has extensive experience in non-profit management.

31Nicole has been with the Ardmore Initiative since 2009, and brings over 12 years of marketing and advertising experience to the organization – including positions with the Wharton School of Business, Destination Maternity, Inc., Suburban Square and Kimco Realty. Nicole resides with her husband and three daughters in Haverford Township.