|Movement on Empty Lot at State and Commercial!|
|Conference Center's Operating Loss for 2013|
From Urban Renewal Agency Annual Financial Report
|Conference Center Operating Loss from 2012|
|McMahan's site on State and Commercial|
the Developer has proposed to develop the former McMahan's site and the Property as part of a mixed use development, which include at least two of the following uses; office, retail, residential, hotel or restaurant. The Developer's proposal is consistent with the "Core Area Redevelopment" project of the Plan, Section 1105, which calls for establishing downtown Salem as a vibrant mixed-use area.There's good stuff percolating here, much better than the old bank and drive-through concept. Some of the principals involved are very interested in sustainability, and there is reason to think a genuinely good project will emerge. (And hopefully, too, more public information will come out soon, since it is hard to embrace staff recommendation without more details.)
|The loss-of-use agreement will pay the Queen $50,000/year|
Out south, there's an interesting bit dedicating two right-of-ways for park/path connections off of Battlecreek. Here's the google, and here are the dedications. The path apparently already exists, built by a developer. So this appears to be a transfer of something already constructed. It's in a part of town with long blocks, that's not super connected, and the paths will be useful. I'm not sure it's worth a closer look.
Update, Wednesday the 15th
Public details are out!
|via Nathan Good Architects|
Nathan Good, the project’s architect, said the building planned for 260 State St. would match the character of the neighborhood’s historic district. The structure would include a rooftop garden, and perhaps a rooftop restaurant, with a sweeping view of downtown.There's a lot to like here. Lots of windows along the sidewalk, the arched Beaux-artsy entries, a little like the train station - and then the horizontality of the terraces, a little ziggurat or layer-cake like. The arches also nod to those in the cast iron facade of Ladd & Bush across the street. The parking entry looks like it's off Commercial, not State. I do wonder if the strength of the upper, terraces will get dialed back a bit in the final design.
“It’s like a flower box in the city,” Good said of the building’s design that includes an abundance of “rain gardens” to absorb stormwater....
State Street Square’s mixed-used building would include an underground parking garage with 20 spaces.
|Putnam Center at Willamette|
I wonder if the upper half of the design for 260 State will similarly become a little more delicate. But even if it doesn't, this would be a great addition to downtown. Without being Disneyland faux-historical, it totally fits into the streetcar era fabric of neighboring buildings.
The Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families, Oregon State University, Corvallis (2011) was recently cited as
An outstanding example of compatible infill development, this major new building harmonizes beautifully with its neighbors. It makes a distinct statement that’s of its time, yet is complementary in scale, massing, proportion, and materials, enhancing the story of the historic district.The building proposed here plays much the same game, and is so much nicer than the Meridian's design.