Ambler Boiler House
In the early 2000's the Borough of Ambler established a Revitalization Committee to oversee preparation of a Redevelopment Area Plan for the rail corridor, which had been certified as “blighted” under Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law. The Borough made it clear that it wanted to encourage development that complemented its preexisting Main Street Program, maintained the community’s historic structures, and addressed outstanding environmental contamination problems. The Rail Corridor Redevelopment Area Plan identified the former Keasbey and Mattison site as a target for reuse.
In coordination with the revitalization plans, Ambler BH Development Partners, LP was formed for the sole purpose of redeveloping the abandoned boiler house. The objective of this project was to reuse and preserve a historically significant building while incorporating innovative design features that represent smart growth initiatives and result in significant benefits to the community, both environmentally and economically.
With the successful applications of state and federal funding and the collaboration between committed community members and organizations, Ambler has risen beyond the stigma of its industrial past to earn recognition as a charming, quaint and welcoming Philadelphia suburb offering great food, shopping, and entertainment.