|I don't think that's an Oak, but it's a presence on the top of the hill;|
pasture at bottom by utility poles would be park
There are no great conclusions to draw here, I don't think. The area is a zone of some of the biggest greenfield developments in town, a large bloc of parcels in transition. Between the projects at 27th and Kuebler by the I-5 interchange, the Fairview projects, and any Hillcrest project, there's a lot of potential here. Even with some of the plans for Fairview very forward-looking, the overall development pattern may still look backwards too much to existing 20th century autoism, however. It's worth keeping an eye on. It is interesting, if nothing else.
It's also, at least until it's developed, a little picturesque! It's too bad the park won't be at the top of the hill instead of the bottom. (Just off the top of my head, I can think of many more parks in low lands along creeks than on properties with a view. It's easier to monetize the latter, so it's not surprising developers sell off the swampy parcels for public use.)
|Just south of Hillcrest, park area in light blue|
(I think the relative scale on the inset is still a little big!)
Reed Road here is signed for 45mph, and Battle Creek is also very zoomy. The corner of Reed Road and Battle Creek lacks crosswalks and sidewalks. While sidewalks on Reed Road have generally been part of conditions for development and will be constructed by developers (eventually), I'm not sure that crosswalks have ever been included, and the City will need to plan for these - as well as for lower speeds, hopefully. The streets are "minor arterials," but they will be increasingly residential.
|Reed Road in 2012 - still signed for 45mph today|
|A big multi-family project across the street at Fairview (as of 2012)|
(Reed Road on right, notes in red added)
Seller also retains the right to sub-lease, or allow use of, the Property...solely for farm and cattle grazing.There are in fact cows grazing on the land currently! That's a funny rural moment just down the hill and across the street from very suburban housing.
|A pastoral scene!|
|You can barely see the contour lines for the peak and tree|
|1969 topo map shows hill peak and creek - USGS|
|The Plan for Fairview Park, February 2016|
Morningside is currently underserved by public parks, with just 12.28 acres of existing developed parkland contained within three neighborhood parks.... Existing park facilities provide approximately 1.4 acres per 1,000 residents, which is substantially below both the existing condition of 11.8 acres per 1,000 residents for the City of Salem overall, the national standard of 10-20 acres per 1,000 residents...and the goal of 7 acres per 1,000 residents set forth in the 2012 Comprehensive Parks Master Plan....
|The Parks Plan calls for an "urban park" here|
At the moment the Eric Olson Fairview Addition seems to be the only project that has continued momentum. New houses seem to start there at regular intervals. Hopefully the other developments will pick up soon. Even if these projects are not for any kind of "affordable" housing - and indeed some are pretty high-end - any additional housing stock helps to moderate the upward pressure in rents and living costs. As the single-family portion gets built first, hopefully that will create demand for the attached homes, "missing middle," multi-family, and neighborhood commercial/mixed-use pieces that are penciled in for later phases. And development here, and its traffic, is easier to tolerate than on West Salem's greenfields and over the bridges.
* There's a very brief note on the Morningside NA FB page, but it talks about the Urban Growth Decision only - which, in any case, was an administrative decision, and did not rise to a Public Hearing. They've also posted a set of slides from a walk on private property in the Fairview project, including "the Woods," which may end up as privately-owned public space between two of the sudivisions at Fairview.