|Development and growth on the car-dependent edges
(from the May slide deck)
The "Looking Forward" study for the NEN-SESNA neighborhoods has identified opportunity sites, and three of them offer significant possibilities for urban, close-in residences.
|Three potential mixed-use centers
Places like these, and not up in the hills of West Salem, are where we should make it attractive for State employees and others who work in or near downtown!
And there are other sites outside of the NEN-SESNA areas: the north waterfront downtown, the O'Brien automotive parcels, the area along Commercial and Liberty between Bush park and and the river, and the Fairview parcels.
There's actually a lot of land where we can put people if we are willing to have some higher density and street-car scaled mixed-use development. Up instead of out is a real opportunity.
It will be interesting to see the way this feeds into the EOA-HNA process.
The next meeting of the EOA/HNA Advisory Committee is on Thursday, August 21st at 5:30 PM in the Salem Public Library, Anderson Room. Once the agenda and other meeting notes are out there may be more to say.
Here's the NEN opportunities map, the SESNA opportunities map, and the annotated key to all 12 of the labeled opportunities, including the three highlighted here.