Ambler’s Borough Council drops proposed eminent domain of 6 South Main Street

Ambler’s Borough Council announced during its February 15th meeting that it would not consider going forward with the eminent domain of 6 South Main Street in the borough. The property is adjacent to SEPTA’s parking lot and the described use involved parking and an additional access point for the SEPTA lot.

This property is home to Ebner’s Auto and Church of Acts and has been owned by Pasquale Riccardi since 1977. The property recently had a major fire and was heavily damaged. Tim Ebner, the owner of Ebner’s Auto, was injured in the fire and was still in the hospital as of February 15th.

Early in the February 15th meeting, Councilmember Nellie Forst (Ward 3), who serves as the chair of the Finance and Planning Committee, made the announcement. She stated that the council made the decision prior to the meeting in an executive session. A discussion involving obtaining property is allowed to occur behind closed doors.

You can watch the announcement here (starts at 1:56).