|That's a whole lotta nothin at 25th and Mission|
But it was already a void with too much parking lot, and it's emptying out even more.
You might recall that the old car lot has seemed stubbornly resistant to redevelopment.*
|25th and Mission not called out as "opportunity site"|
In many ways the airport casts a long shadow here and is a big ingredient in the emptiness. It's not at all a good place for new residential development. (You might recall the saga of the May's Landing development, which touched on this many times.) It's not surprising that it has seemed difficult to redevelop.
|East of Kuebler, the Mill Creek Corporate Center|
and Salem Renewable Energy and Techology Center
are remote from anything except the interstate.
|ODOT want to enlarge this intersection even more|
the old ball park here would have helped!
So there are no obvious answers here, but maybe the store closure is a chance to think more about how to create better and more value than the sea of parking lots that is there presently.
At the same time, you have to "pick your winners" and it may be that other areas of town will remain a higher priority and will retain better odds of success. So maybe this corner will languish yet more.
Something to think about.
* Update: Over at SCV they note that there is an approved plan for the old car lot. Back in May the city approved:
An application to construct a home improvement center and parking lot. Class 3 Site Plan Review, Class 2 Adjustment, and Class 2 Driveway Approach Permit for a 259,000 square foot home improvement center (retail sales) consisting of a two story structure with enclosed and covered sales areas on a 17.5 acre property zoned CR (Retail Commercial) and CG (General Commercial) and located at 2505, 2575, and 2711 Mission Street SE 97302 (Marion County Assessor's Map and Tax Lots 073W36 / 02000, 03500, and 03700).