|Salem General Hospital - Maternity Unit, 1980s|
(Salem Library Historic Photos)
The Hospital must be getting the old General Hospital property ready for sale and redevelopment, probably hoping to piggy-back on the North Campus at the State Hospital. They have demolition permits lined up for the former Hospital and Rehab building, the former Maternity Ward, and a third building right under the cemetery.
|General Hospital buildings to be demolished|
(Dome Building at State Hospital on right for context)
Even if they were in great shape, as with the North Campus the buildings are set on the interior of a campus too far from the streets, and they don't make sense as urban forms.
From here it is interesting to register the demolition, but not something to fret over.
|Former Edgewater Cafe at Patterson - via Streetview|
Full demo of vacant building that has already undergone abatement. Lot to be replaced with asphalt pavingWell the building's not great, and maybe it needs to be demolished. (Here's Eat Salem with a review from 2011.) But the lot should be redeveloped! You wonder if maybe the SRC's "cloud" reduces interest in redevelopment here. Even with the shiny new Goodwill project just down the street. Whatever it may be, a surface lot certainly isn't the vision in the Edgewater Action Plan!
|Edgewater/Second Street Action Plan|