|Vacation Lane SE:|
Private Drive or Public Street? A little ambiguous!
On both of them, however, the need to drill into, analyze, and discuss very specific conditions has meant that debate about homelessness and about the fiscal sustainability of development patterns here has been less theoretical and abstract and instead become concrete. This seems like a feature, not a bug! Instead of a task force and its generalities and cliches and baggy reports, Council has to interpret policy and code concretely, make a decision, and attach specific conditions as appropriate. In most ways, then, the appeals and resulting debate seem more positive than not.
So let's talk about other things.
|It even looks like an appendix!|
|On Commercial Street the sidewalk disappears;|
walking and biking salmon are common - sometimes deer too!
|The Assessor's office dates things from 1901|
Map: City of Salem age of Tax lots
|It's an estate!|
There's probably interesting history here, maybe even something that should be a Local Landmark, and maybe at some point the owners will want to share more of it. The Historic Resources list from 2013 doesn't list any house here, but a century-old farm house, if intact, might be significant.
At the same time, this is a large interior lot, and given our need for housing, it would be a candidate for redevelopment, even if we might mourn the loss of a small kind of "forest."
It's just a funny, old thing, and maybe at some point the owners will want to share more history of it. It is interesting.
There is also a proposed agreement for downtown residential parking that would direct Staff to "develop a residential permit program for the four downtown parking structures for Council consideration":
The Unified Development Code (UDC) generally does not require dedicated off-street parking for uses within the Downtown Parking District. However, residential uses (both single family and multi-family) in the District are required to provide off-street parking for their residents.An existing agreement from 2009 uses the Chemeketa and Liberty Parkades, and this would expand the agreement to the Marion and Pringle Parkades.
If residential development in the downtown is unable to utilize the City’s parking structures to meet the UDC parking requirements, developers would be required to construct off-street parking within their development, or seek to rent spaces from other private parties. For existing buildings, construction of off-street parking is not feasible in most instances. For new residential development, construction of off-street parking would be expensive, could result in less residential units, and would discourage development.
Allowing new and existing residential development to reserve parking spaces in all four of the City’s downtown parking structures (Marion, Pringle, Chemeketa, and Liberty Parkades), subject to City approval and availability, encourages residential development in the City’s core.
Generally we should want the City to max out the current parking garages before asking for any more parking on new development.
It's important to remember how much swiss cheese we have downtown. What we need are more buildings, not more surface parking lots and the "missing teeth" they represent.
Downtown Surface Parking Lots in Red
Parking Garages in Solid Brick Red
On-street parking stalls not included
- Second Reading for adoption of the West Salem Code Clean-up project. (Previous notes here and here.)
- The Planning Commission approval for a new school bus storage lot on Fairview Industrial. (Some previous notes here.)
- Flood warning: Provision and an agreement for monitoring the water level of Clark Creek and the detention basin of Gilmore Field. (See below for a little more on Clark Creek.)
- And final adoption of the Floodplain Management Plan.
- A Purchase Agreement for a new park between Kale and Hazelgreen NE.
- An agreement with ODOT for right-of-way services on the McGilchrist project.
The new Fred Meyer gas station on Commercial and Madrona, across the street from the main store, is near to opening, and what a low use of land it is.
|The new Fred Meyer gas station off Madrona at Commercial|