Shuttered Gladwyne Acme to Become Low Income Section 8 Housing
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It’s no secret Lower Merion ranks as one of the most affluent Townships in the country. But with this wealth comes a shortage of affordable housing. The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners has struggled for some time to right this inequality.
One of the greatest challenges has been the scarcity of undeveloped land in the Township, thus forcing the Committee to look at repurposing underutilized developed or derelict properties. One such property, long eyed for affordable housing by the Committee, is the site of the closed Acme on Youngford Road in Gladwyne.
The Acme store has been vacant since the supermarket chain closed the location in 2019. Gladwyne residents have tried unsuccessfully for some time to entice another supermarket chain to set up shop on the site. Last month, Commissioners voted to quietly move ahead with seizing the property through eminent domain and redeveloping it as affordable housing.
However, one Commissioner is vehemently opposed to the idea. “The plan is sure to create controversy among Gladwyne residents as word of the project spreads”, said Commissioner April Fools.