And a new bank is poised to go in just down the street from the new Police Station.
|From back in March, but they finally drained it|
|In April they said "a ways off," but it's looking closer now|
It will be great to see the corner redeveloped. (Update: Nope, the project's been cancelled.)
You might remember this concept for the half block from several years ago. It included both the old City Hall and the former First National Bank corners.
|Revived concept for Old City Hall site: High & Chemeketa,|
which would have included the Belluschi Bank lot (far right)
via Skyscraper page.com
The block face along Chemeketa also had the old Capital Journal building, replaced after demolition by the bank's drive-thru. Here's a photo from the last "crater" on the corner.
|The old Capital Journal Building and Belluschi Bank lot, 1946|
Old City Hall in background
Salem Library Historic Photos
|The house (a gable-front and wing) before the bank|
(Oregon Journal collection via Oregon Historical Society;
see longer discussion of the image here)
|How will the project handle the alley and traffic on Chemeketa?|
Downtown Sidewalk Plan
All in all, the project has potential to liven a desolate block face and corner, but there are also autoist hazards along the way.
CANDO meets Tuesday the 16th at 6:00 p.m. at First Christian Church on 685 Marion Street NE.
MAPS Apparently Cans the Drive-thru
Not on the CANDO agenda, but on the agenda for the Planning Commission, is a new bank building for MAPS Credit Union on the corner of Division and High/Broadway, one block east from the new Police Station.
|There's a nice corner entry, it's flush to the sidewalk,|
and no drive-thru is indicated on the plans!
It looks like they ditched the drive-thru concept!
They show a three-story building with nice ground-floor windows, and if the building's style looks ordinary, that's not an insult. It's just a plain bank building that relates to the street corner and sidewalk in the right way. It will be functional more than ornamental, and that's just dandy.
They'll be demolishing two existing mid-century masonry buildings, and it's too bad they couldn't be reused. But it's great there will be something on the corner itself.
The Planning Commission meeting will be Tuesday the 23rd at 5pm, at City Hall in Council Chambers.
(After the Staff Report is out, there might be more to say. Update: Nope, Staff Report recommends approval with a few minor technical conditions.)