There are several other transportation matters of interest on the agenda.
consider the Commercial-Vista Corridor Plan and whether to
accept the recommendations contained in the Commercial-Vista Corridor Plan project report and direct staff to seek funding to implement the recommendations and to incorporate the recommendations into the Salem Transportation System Plan at the next amendment opportunity.
|Buffered bike lanes and enhanced crosswalks at Waldo Ave|
- Buffered bike lanes on Commercial Street SE from Oxford Street SE to Winding Way SE;
- Pedestrian crossing islands on Commercial Street SE near Waldo Avenue SE and Triangle Drive SE; and
- Bike signal on Commercial Street SE at the intersection with Liberty Road S, including adding protected left-turn phase from northbound Commercial Street SE to westbound Alice Street S.
Also on the agenda are a couple of items on the City Transit Committee. Council proposes to increase its maximum membership from nine to 17, and also proposes to add six new members. These new members look to add meaningful diversity to the initial slate.
In the on-going attempt to make the Mill Creek Corporate Center work, Council will consider executing an
Improvement Agreement with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to formalize responsibility for approximately 2,700 feet of Kuebler Boulevard SE improvements [at about $2 million] along the Mill Creek Corporate Center frontage and issue a Partial Release of Constructional Deferral Agreement to DAS and the future property owner, after closing on the sale of Site A of the Corporate Center
|At least $42 million in subsidies|
|Greenhill Technology Park is largely vacant|
Fern Ridge path in blue,
West 11th Ave/OR-126 borders on the south edge
|Lots for Sale at Greenhill Technology Park|
[it] has struggled to attract companies since it was planned in the 1990s by former Eugene mayor and lumber executive Ed Cone.
There is in the whole Willamette Valley, not just in Salem, a surplus of this kind of overdeveloped land that has been waiting for years.
Council will also receive a nothingburger update on the downtown Streetscape project:
On May 25, 2017, the Urban Development Department opened a solicitation for an RFP for a Downtown Salem Streetscape Plan. This solicitation closed on July 14th, and the next steps in the process will be to evaluate the proposals with the goal of selecting a consulting firm to engage the community and solicit input through public meetings and work with staff to develop a plan. The purpose of the Streetscape Plan is to be transformational for the downtown public realm and establish downtown Salem as a world-class urban environment.It would have been more helpful to share something in detail about the evaluation process, or something other and more meaningful than puffery about hopes for "a world-class urban environment," which is almost certainly not going to happen.
In a small neighborhood matter, Council proposes to eliminate parking restrictions just above the Candalaria shopping center near Commercial Street. This has no city-wide significance, I don't think, but since it has to come to Council the process and history behind it is a little interesting:
Public Works has received requests by the affected residents on Candalaria Boulevard S to remove the existing parking restrictions that were implement by Council Resolution No. 79-104 (adopted May 7, 1979). The request to remove the parking restrictions has been approved by the neighborhood association. A petition has been circulated to the affected residents and the majority of signers approved removal of the parking restrictions. The Citizen Advisory Traffic Commission has approved removal of the parking restrictions. Because the existing parking restrictions were implemented by Council Resolution, this resolution must be rescinded before the Public Works Director can issue an administrative order regarding the parking restrictions.And finally, two other items of related interest:
- An update on our Tree/Urban Forestry Plan, which at a glance does not appear to show great progress, focusing instead on the 40th anniversary of being a "Tree City USA."
- The final report on the Mercado/Food Hub concept for Portland Road. Generally it's positive, but notes that "At this time, we recommend that the City work with its partners to identify a strong champion for capital investment and operations before additional refinement of the concepts."