|Not "long-term" any more!|
Union Street: Commercial on left, Liberty at center
(concept only, and final design will likely be different)
|Union and Commercial, Phase IA|
|On Union, Liberty to Winter, Phase IB|
(The section of Union Street east of Winter Street is outside the Urban Renewal Area and remains unfunded, so there is no connection yet planned for the Esplanade, North High, and Safeway. Hint, hint!)
And on that pleasant thought, we note Council meets on Monday, and in addition to starting to think about formal adoption of the CIP, which is actually on the schedule for the 23rd, there are several other matters of interest.
The North Campus of the State Hospital and the Boise Redevelopment
Two redevelopment projects lead the way. Councilor Bennett will introduce a motion prompted by the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. They propose the City should formally explore the idea of "acquiring the State-owned 6-acre field at the southeast corner of 23rd Street NE and D Street NE, for use as a City park and sports field." In addition to the fact that it is already in use as a park, the Advisory Board notes that the new Salem Parks Master Plan calls for new softball and soccer fields, and that a formal acquisition here would contribute to easing that deficit. It also fits with the neighborhood preference for lower-scale redevelopment along D Street and greater massing and density along Center Street.
|Summary of Current Status|
(proposed demolitions and park area added)
There is also a general update on the State Hospital project.
Oregon Senate Bill5502 appropriates Oregon General Fund monies to Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, including $8.3 M for the demolition of all existing North Campus buildings, except the Dome Building, and demolition and fill of the property's underground tunnels. [the bill as introduced doesn't mention the State Hospital, and only mentions "Enterprise Asset Management," but there is an $8.3 million line item]At Boise, the $750,00 "project grant" is on the agenda for the Urban Renewal Agency, and it turns out that one of the reasons for this dollar amount is to slide under "prevailing wage" requirements. So the project grant will be not to exceed $749,999.
|Proposed Marquis Nursing Home on Boise Site|
It's hard to say just how complex are the negotiations for all this, but it should be noted that the project grant is part of conditions attached to the purchase of the "Park Parcel" and at least partially involved in terms for the walkway and easement along the north side of Pringle Creek. (More here and here.) It's easy to criticize on a stand-alone basis, but in the end we will need to critique the totality of the project (all those moving parts again) - and unfortunately for citizens, we won't be able to do that until it's finished. It's hard to say whether this is a dumb give-away or a truly necessary part of the total package. From here, if this part of the project were higher quality, not a nursing home, it would be much easier to defend the subsidy. (Hinessight argues for dumb give-away.)
|Proposed Goodwill with First Street alignment in red|
Poor Willamette Queen. They're stuck without an inspection from the Coast Guard, and the means to a drydock, Willamette Locks, is closed. The Mayor proposes a resolution in favor of reopening the Locks. Curiously, the matter is partially framed in seismic terms: "the reopening of the Willamette Falls Locks provides an alternate source of transport in the event of a national disaster such as a slippage of the Cascadia Subduction Zone." She also cites the prospect of boating tourism.
(It would be nice for the Mayor to show equal consideration for the Marion and Center Street Bridges!)
Parenthetically, the Street Light fee is on the agenda for a second reading. It will almost certainly move forward. (Ordinance here.)
Finally, back to the CIP. You'll note again how little the gas tax funds for road construction.
|Gas Tax funds no more than 23% of Capital Projects in this cycle|
Here for comparison is the 2014-2019 Operations budget projection revenue side. (This is distinct from the Capital budget in the CIP.)
|$8 million a year in gas tax - 2014 Financial Forecast|
|Capital Funding Cost Shifting, 2012-2017|
from user fees to home ownership taxes - 75%!