Northeast Neighbors, the Englewood/North High area neighborhood Association meets Tuesday the 17th and they have a very interesting item of citywide significance:
- Mountain West, Richard Berger, Conceptual drawings for OR. State Hospital property.
|This is adapted from an earlier Mountain West Proposal|
for the North Campus. (Comments in white and red added)
Though there doesn't appear to be an executed sale yet, everywhere you turn it's talk about Mountain West, as if they are the only ones negotiating with the State now. So this makes it look like we are heading towards a more cookie-cutter three-story walkup apartment complex rather than a more urbane plan with generious "missing middle" types and more mixed-use on Center Street. This is looking like monoculture and big parking lots. (Of course the neighborhood wants monoculture at the other end of the scale: abundant single-family housing.)
Here is an excerpt from the February NESCA minutes with more:
North Campus Update (Darrin Brightman, DAS)
The North Campus project will be proceeding without the segments that face onto Center Street. Currently working on designs for street improvement, with RFPs out for bid. Until this is completed, the sale of the property can not be closed. Darrin reported DAS hopes to have this completed by June or July. At that time DAS can then proceed on contracts with Mountain West (4 parcels), the Housing Authority (Yaquina Hall), and the City of Salem (D Street Park). Darrin mentioned that the D Street park property has not yet been officially transferred to the City as it can’t be finalized until the street improvement designs are completed, probably June or July with the rest of the property. Darrin also provided information about the Dome Building repairs that are being done (roof, etc.) Corrections would like to paint the building to match the “J” building and the South Campus. As the building falls within NESCA and is on the historic register, they are unable to proceed with changing the paint color without the approval of NESCA. A motion to allow Corrections to change the paint color from the current cream color to match the South Campus buildings was made, seconded, and voted on. Motion passed....
|A new paint scheme for the Dome Building indeed|
(See notes from April)
The complete removal of the walnut trees on 24th was brought up and the question was asked if this is a possibility for the North Campus walnut trees. Darrin said that the 24th Street trees were the responsibility of the hospital administration, not DAS. DAS learned of their removal at the same time as the rest of us. He said that the North Campus trees will likely all come down EVENTUALLY as there is disease in some of the trees and those trees will need to be removed sooner or later. But, he stressed they will not be done all at the same time as was done on 24th and, when a tree (or trees) is taken down, there will be succession planting. He was unsure of the type of trees to be used as replacements but believed the plan is to use White Oak.So I don't know. It's the sinking feeling of disappointment and having to see reduced ambition.
Richard Berger: Mountain West
Richard said that the same basic plan as presented to NESCA in November is still in place. The question was asked if the “integrity of the single-family homes” stated for D Street has been given any consideration as was requested for the single family homes on Park Avenue. He said there has been discussion and we will have more opportunities to discuss it before any actual construction is started. They are hoping to begin construction sometime in early 2019.
Hopefully there will be a more definite proposal made public soon.
NEN will be the best opportunity for the latest.
Also, in last month's minutes from NEN, there was a very exciting note about the Congestion Task Force, which is supposed to meet again later this month:
Congestion Task Force....Look at modifying items such as adding extra lanes to help with traffic flow. Instead of engineering solutions wants to look at behavior change with carpooling and transit.That's the spirit! Look at managing demand better instead of just increasing road supply! This is a promising sign.
NEN meets Tuesday the 17th, at 6:30pm in the Salem First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market Street NE.
The downtown neighborhood association, CANDO, also meets on Tuesday the 17th, and they'll get a briefing on the mid-century Greyhound building that the nextdoor Center for Hope and Safety will be
|Old Greyhound Station (left)|
and Center for Hope and Safety (right)
CANDO will also vote on a proposal to apply for Parks Foundation grant to install a bike fixit station at the Conference Center.
|CANDO installed this one in fall 2014|
|Trade/Front and Commercial. Going straight is nearly impossible.|
With dual turns, large radius corner,
speeds are also often too fast.
This is a broken bike lane!
So sure. Put in a repair station. It will be nice. It'll be useful also for any public bike system we finally get put in. But let's talk more about the roads downtown. We have to tame the cars. We should want to have a way to use the station without having to bike or dismount on sidewalks and in the crosswalks. A station here effectively enforces the sidewalkification of bicycling.
|New sculpture at the Conference Center: "Entwined"|
But this photo is on a beautiful summer evening last night! The plaza is dead, dead, dead. There's nothing going on here, and nothing on the adjacent corners at Commercial and Trade. (Remember, a nursing home will be going in kitty-corner.)
Our approach to public art too often is as a drive-to destination, or tucked into spandrels that have nothing else going on, and not part of creating lively urban places.
CANDO meets Tuesday the 17th, at 6:00 p.m. at First Christian Church on 685 Marion Street NE.