|Gone? Howard Hall at Church and Mission|
as well as some 80 trees may be gone soon
|Some details on the proposed historic designation withdrawal|
The draft minutes from the meeting are out, and they're worth quoting in full (though cited here in chunks somewhat reordered). Interestingly, it seems possible that Howard Hall was incorrectly or inappropriately designated as an historic building.
Howard Hall (cannot be used by Salem Hospital)
- Howard Hall as a historic property. Kimberly Fitzgerald research indicated that letters written in 1989 and 1990 (State Department of Education) indicated Howard Hall might not be a historic building, but it was designated as such. Not clear if designation (a) follows building ownership (now the hospital) or (b) does the historic designation follow the property. This is an issue to be resolved with regard to ultimate disposition of Howard Hall.
- Requests For Proposals (RFP) for adaptive re-use resulted in no proposals offered
- Question: Has consideration been given to using older portion of Howard Hall incorporated into rehabilitation area? No, given existing condition of the building.
- Question: Has consideration been given to keeping the façade of Howard Hall along Mission Street?
- Question: Could Howard Hall be renovated to be a Hospitality House? No. Not structured for family occupancy.
- Plans exist for outdoor space to (1) commemorate School for Blind, (2) provide for outdoor therapy space and (3) provide an adaptive playground for those undergoing physical therapy. Will incorporate curbs, sand, grass, uneven pavement, etc.
- Adaptive playground will be open to all children; it won’t be fenced in
|A previous iteration from last summer: All about parking.|
It's not clear how much the latest plan conforms to this one.
(Howard Hall in lower left)
Hospital almost complete with plans development; will deliver to city of Salem for approval shortlyWithout seeing more of the plans and description of them, it's difficult to say much more. But it is certainly disappointing to see the idea of demolishing Howard Hall embraced so quickly - the Hospital is a non-profit, even; the haste seems a little profit-minded and unseemly - and to see parking remain the dominant land use.
Overall Hospital Site Plan (discussion of highlights):
- Auto access via Winter Street and Mission Street (none on Church St.)
- On site “hospitality house” is temporary housing for families who have relatives under care at the hospital
- Raised “berm” along Church Street side of property (West side). Berm “jogs” to avoid existing trees. Provides green space along Church Street.
- Church Street enlarged sidewalk (approximately 8’ wide) will be a straight path. There had been discussions about a curved path but determination made to have this path (for walkers/joggers/bicyclists) straight for safety reasons.
- Stormwater will be treated with bioswale on the property site and won’t run off site.
- Fitness stations will be grouped together near outpatient parking area on West side rather than distributed around hospital property
- Parking areas will be screened by berm (which is approx. 3’ tall with evergreen hedge on top)
- there will be 272 parking stalls on the property
- SCAN meeting attendees were shown drawings of various hospital plans. On one of the display boards, existing trees are identified as those that will stay and those that will be removed. Some trees have been specifically designated by the city of Salem as significant for retention on the hospital property.
- Lighting: Some lights have a special lens/shield to control lighting pattern (away from residences on Church St.
- 80 trees will be removed (34 are dying now)
- Main Building (two stories)
- Brick and glass about 35’ tall
- Hospitality House
- Acknowledge that this building will be in a historic neighborhood
- A place for physical rehabilitation to enable people to return to work or the sport they enjoyed prior to their injury
- Original goals (from 4 years ago) were: (a) no Church Street driveways (b) given historic nature of Gaiety Hill, desire to see a “sloping” of the property with low-rise property on West side (c) greenway path from Bush Park (d) Pringle Creek watershed (e) preserve trees (f) historic preservation.
- Question: Can there be a bicycle access from hospital property to Church St.? Yes
- Question: Trees along Church Street (East Side of Sidewalk): It was requested that display boards indicate those that will remain.
- New Trees will be planted on the property. Property will be more heavily treed in the future as compared to now. Existing trees designated for removal are too big to be donated to other entities.
- On Mission Street: Area is currently being used for equipment parking
- Honoring the School for the Blind: Use some of the materials that came from the site. This is being discussed (to reuse historic School of the Blind materials)
- Question: Crosswalks on Mission Street: Can a pedestrian light be put in the crosswalk that goes to Mission?
|SCI concept for|
Mission & Winter
(For more on the Blind School project, see notes here.)