The big news that REI choose Keizer Station for a Salem area store. It makes sense - new construction, easy for tenant improvements, big parking lot, easy access to I-5 for its regional draw.
|Vacant big box - former Safeway on Middle Commercial|
REI also would have been a terrific anchor-type tenant for the Boise redevelopment project. Or maybe a different parcel in or near downtown. The Portland store on NW 14th and Johnson might have been a model more than the Jantzen Beach store, which closed when the downtown location opened.
|Faux Streetcar style of Keizer Station|
It's a real missed opportunity. It would be nice for the City to discuss publicly their attempts (or involvement) to recruit REI and why they by-passed Salem for Keizer.
Also interesting was the announcement by Book Bin that they'll be opening a store in the old Borders location on Lancaster just off Sunnyview. Lancaster needs a book store, and hopefully the Salem market will be able to support both locations. (It would be terrible if this were a prelude to a transition out of downtown!)
Finally, there's new construction by Gilmore Field.
|Boulder Creek North - Arbuckle Costic|
Note sidewalk and footbridge
12th Street narrows curiously here and is difficult for people on foot and on bike. 12th isn't all that busy here except during the evening commute south. Because of the bridge over Clark Creek and what is apparently a reduced right-of-way, the sidewalk disappears between Hoyt and McGilchrist. The left auto travel lane becomes a turn-only lane onto McGilchrist and the industrial area near the airport. Through traffic for brief intervals backs up in the single through-lane then during the rush hour - but not in any meaningfully persistent way.
People on foot are forced to salmon upstream in the bike lane, and it's not uncommon here for people on bike also to salmon. After dark this is especially problematic. The triangle of 12th, McGilchrist, and 13th (as well as the intersection with Cannon) is poorly designed for non-auto travel - and can be confusing, too, for those in cars.
|12th Street at the Clark Creek Bridge and Culvert|
Between Hoyt and McGilchrist the sidewalk disappears
the new construction is on the left, just past the bridge railings
Hopefully this is a meaningful representation and not an abandoned set of preliminary concepts.
Unfortunately, this development met city requirements and went through a non-public administrative permitting process. Fixing the missing sidewalk here should be a condition of development, and we don't know how the city is treating this. The parking lot rather than the building fronts the street, so we aren't looking to this for a very "walkable" configuration, alas. (If I find out more, I will update this post.)
This is an odd little project. Basically, the developer's not going to build the sidewalk across the creek and instead paid into a fund for the City to do it.
As I understand it, the sidewalk along 12th on the lot frontage will be built as part of construction. This is good, since the missing sidewalk north of McGilchrist is also first priority project in Bike and Walk Salem, the updated walking chapter of the Transportation System Plan. The creek crossing will be the most difficult part of the gap, and the Boulder Creek development will complete another part. (The gap remaining will be at the used car lot at Hoyt.)
|City widening project from McGilchrist to Fairview - CIP map|
Note that it does not cross the creek!
|12th Street Project from adopted Capital Improvement Program |
Note the $132K system development charge
Here's another view from the other side - you can see the way the two parts of 12th don't exactly line up - and a walking salmon in the bike lane.
|Love the google! Walking Salmon + slight jog in road alignment|