|Old Safeway at 245 Court - time for redevelopment!|
From the Urban Renewal application:
The redevelopment proposal [currently estimated at $9 million total] comprises a 43,790 square foot mixed-use building with 40 residential apartments on four floors over parking, ancillary uses and commercial space. The retail building is designed as a one story building of approximately 2,180 square feet. Parking is provided in an open garage and a surface lot that is tucked behind the buildings...A landscaped plaza is planned for the open area between the two structures and will provide both private and public open space...
|Corner of Court and Front|
You might recall also the 1996 plan for wider sidewalks and small corner plazas at this intersection. Even if the sidewalks won't be widened, the proposal is consistent with the spirit of that vision, and it sounds like it will greet the sidewalk on Court Street more congenially than The Rivers did, having put their parking on Court and directly addressing Front Street instead.
|1996 vision v. current reality|
(Riverfront Downtown Core Area Master Plan, 1996)
There will be certainly more to say later this month as details come out and the proposal gets further into the review process.
With the success of South Block Apartments, and across the street with The Rivers finally full, maybe downtown construction and redevelopment is going to pick up again. That would be exciting and great news for Salem.