While there haven't been as many details out as perhaps is optimal, the project did receive a large display at the library about three years ago!
|Student Concepts for Civic Center and Police Station|
Sustainable Cities Initiative Boards at Salem Public Library
But it's true, then, that there wasn't a new update really until now. Perhaps the City should have made more effort to show another round of details. But as a photo in Salem Weekly pointed out, people don't often don't attend open houses or other information meetings. Even when you're critical of the City on one thing or another, you have to have some understanding of the indifference cycle from their perspective: Indifference, indifference, indifference, BACKLASH! Of course, some of this is self-inflicted. Citizens who have suffered through the Third Bridge public process, for example, would be forgiven for any cynicism or thinking that public participation is nearly pointless. It's a sticky wicket for sure.
Anyway, information here is better late than never.
While the article in the paper shared some details, over at CB|Two, there are big pictures! Click to enlarge the images. (The City has also buried some of the images in a pdf here.)
|Civic Center and Proposed Police Station|
Notice Atrium opened, Council Chambers relocated
Image looking south from above Trade Street on Liberty side.
|From higher up - City Hall and Police Station|
|Nearly the whole Civic Center Superblock looking west|
from above Waterplace
- Revitalize Peace Plaza while retaining important art features, and enhancing this community gathering place.
- Seismically upgrade existing Civic Center, remove atrium canopy and Council Chambers for safety, and eliminate below grade public entrance creating enhanced connectivity.
- Create new Public Safety Facility on existing City-owned property with sustainable construction practices and essential secure parking for Salem Police.
- New Customer Service Center, additional Municipal Court room, and relocated Council Chambers. Added public visibility and accessibility.
- On grade added public parking, improved pedestrian connectivity, and multi-use plaza.
- Revitalized Mirror Pond with attractive stormwater bioswale and trail network providing a key element in the connection from the Mill Race to Riverfront Park.
|A real heron admires the statue heron, greets the ducks,|
and meditates on the transience of beauty.
The trees and grass in back would be replaced by the police station
More questions remain.
|No driver observes unmarked crosswalks here, even with signs.|
Even with improved connections to the sidewalks,
access across busy roads is difficult
|How about a sidewalk so you don't have to push a stroller|
through the driveway? The lot design forgot people on foot.
Folks who organized last night's meeting have started a Facebook page,
The City also has organized a meeting:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Neighborhood Association Chairs
5:30 PM, Pringle Community Hall
(606 Church Street SE)