|Restored Kirkbride building in winter|
The hearing notice is more than a little opaque:
Existing Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 230 does not include any processes or local historic design review standards for public resources. As the mitigation for the demolition of portions of the Kirkbride and associated structures within the Oregon State Hospital District, the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Team provided a proposed set of design standards. The HLC and Staff then updated the proposal to include additional provisions which would be applicable to any public resources within the City of Salem.What is left largely unsaid (perhaps implicit to those that have followed matters closely over the years and other insiders?) is what problem this is trying to address. Are State-level processes seen as insufficient for the City? Is this a squabble over turf? Just what's going on here? More background would be helpful!
|Dome Building last fall|
Curiously the State Capitol building is also mentioned. But not other architecturally significant ones like the Supreme Court Building of W.C. Knighton.
It's hard to know what to say about the proposed code changes without seeing them and without more background being made explicit. But on the surface it looks like more than a merely trivial matter, more than just house-keeping.
|McKenzie Hall (pictured), Yaquina, Santiam, and Eola|
are likely low-priorities for preservation
Hopefully there will be more discussion - and there might be new venues for it.
The Historic Landmarks Commission has a suite of new social media: A shiny new blog, pinterest board, and the facebook and twitter, which seem to just have links back to the blog. As arms of the City begin to embrace a greater online presence, it remains to be seen whether the social media is truly social and creates a conversation, which will include disagreements and debate at times, or just simply promulgates press releases and official notices. But this is an interesting step!