The immediate area is hemmed in by urban highway and ramp spaghetti, and it has languished for some time.
|Goodwill site today - corner of Edgewater and Wallace|
Nevertheless, along Edgewater there is a remnant "main street" from the days when West Salem was its own municipality. (Here are two photos of the corner from the 1940s.) So despite the flat-out awfulness of Wallace, there's lots of potential for reinvestment and redevelopment here.
A large Goodwill thrift store could be an important ingredient, a semi-anchor if not outright anchor use. (Images from presentation to West Salem NA.)
|Proposed site plan|
|Second and Wallace detail - the eastern driveway on 2nd|
may conflict with the underpass concept
|Edgewater detail - note jog in sidewalk to left of building|
Along Wallace two new retail/office buildings are proposed. With different footprints they look to replace (no remodel) the two existing buildings.
|Current view of Edgewater and Wallace|
|Proposed new corner commercial space|
|Edgewater Action Plan (2010): Make Edgewater nice!|
The site plan still feels too much like a mall, like a suburban drive-to destination on a stroad and not enough like main street in-fill for a revitalized Edgewater.
There don't seem to be permit applications on file with the City, so this remains a concept plan in flux. One event that does appear to have a date is the proposed street vacation, and that is tentatively scheduled for Council on March 23rd.
Have you seen other information, know more about the project, or have other thoughts?
Bike Boulevards and Walking Safety at NEN
Also, Northeast Neighbors will hear a presentation on Bike Boulevards tonight.
At the last meeting there was also a lot of talk about walking safety.
|NEN discussion of walking safety|
There was also more talk about the importance of safe and comfortable crossings on Market Street now that bus service on D Street will be discontinued.
There is an effort to raise funds for a memorial bench for the Crosslands, who were struck and while walking on Market Street and died later from the resulting injuries.
|More on walking safety|
NEN meets tonight, Tuesday the 17th, at 6:30pm in the Salem First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market Street NE.