|The old ice cream factory on State Street for sale|
|State Street study area|
The State Street Refinement Plan Project is intended to revitalize a section of State Street in the City of Salem ("City") into a vibrant, attractive, walkable mixed-use corridor through planning for coordinated land use and transportation improvements. Zone changes, land use regulations and design standards will be developed to encourage pedestrian-friendly and mixed-use development or redevelopment. The zone changes and land use improvements can influence the creation of alternative street design cross sections within the constrained right-of-way on State Street that can accommodate facilities and amenities to make people walking and biking feel welcome and comfortable.At this point I don't know that it's necessarily very interesting to drill into detail, but there will be opportunities to circle back to it as the study gets going.
The important part is to remember that every study is essentially a blank slate: We can make as much or as little of it as we like, and we can then fund it as much or as little as we like.
Here's a list of all the TGM grant-funded studies in Salem, and its length may astonish you, especially when you consider how much funded change actually resulted from them.This was my fave political cartoon we ever published. Was right after passage of 2030 Bike Plan pic.twitter.com/McgTtdthrJ— Jonathan Maus (@BikePortland) April 23, 2015
Initial recon and then the public project kickoff are scheduled now for August - November of this year, with final recommendations and Council adoption for mid-winter 2017.
|Yaquina Hall, 1946 - looks to be saved|
On July 6, 2015, the Oregon Legislature passed SB 5006 [actually HB 5006, I think] providing $8.3 million to DAS for "demolition and site improvements" on the North Campus. The funding for this and several other capital construction projects is available immediately and must be expended by 2021. It is expected that DAS will utilize the funding to complete environmental remediation and demolition of all structures, except the Dome and Yaquina buildings, and environmental remediation and "mothballing" decommissioning of the Yaquina building to reduce ongoing utility and maintenance costs once the building is vacated and until the property is sold.
|Proposed park in white, preservation in green, demolition in red|
But why is Yaquina rather than Breitenbush getting the love? Is it just because it falls between the proposed park and the Dome building, and therefore makes a neat half-and-half development plan on either side of 25th Street?
Is this the absolute best we can do? Almost assuredly not. But at the same time it seems like a compromise, imperfect it's true, that's within the range of what reasonable people can disagree on.
|Half of Belluschi's Breitenbush Hall - A shallow strip, super wide|
and a good distance from the sidewalk across a lawn
Council will get an update on the West Salem Action Plan and hold a work session, but there didn't seem to be anything new in it. (See notes on the Edgewater District for more discussion.)
There's an update on the Portland Road study. It also is a summary rather than something new. (See notes here.)
The Public Hearing on new ordinances for Uber and other "transportation network companies" will be held. It appears Uber has already abandoned the Salem market, at least temporarily. The proposed rules include:
- Yearly vehicle safety inspections
- Increased commercial automotive and general liability coverage
- Requires City background checks on drivers