|The main facade on D Street doesn't appear much changed|
- "'Progressive' Council Snuffs Affordable Hsg Project" at CANDO
- "Why Salem City Council nixed an affordable housing development over an office space" at Salem Reporter
- Previously at an earlier stage, with some notes on history and the architect, "Grant Neighborhood to Discuss Conversion of 1928 German Baptist Church"
- And notes on the project in the context of the more general ways that historic preservation is used for exclusionary ends, "Incumbency Privilege in the Historic Preservation Plan at Council Monday." Commenters have also added detail on Grant Neighborhood's continued opposition in August.
Councilor Andersen explained in July:
At the last Council meeting, we determined that we would not be awarding a Community Development Block Grant to DevNw, to develop low income housing in the Grant neighborhood because the group planned to seek a zoning change to commercial use in order to place its office on the premises in the old manse. This has caused some concerns in the blogosphere that we are against low income housing, which is not at all the case. We were against the inclusion of commercial zoning in a residential area.Now, the developer has revised the concept with different zoning, zoning the Neighborhood Association initially said they found acceptable. Preliminary reports from the NA suggest the NA has flip-flopped and still opposes the project. When the Staff Report is published we'll have a better sense for any lingering NA opposition.
But this is the right process. On the zoning question, people will have to argue more closely to the merits, and this will be fairer than the round-about and perhaps even devious way Council checked the project earlier this year. If Council does weigh in, they will do so on appeal, and on the merits, not by some other and more distant procedural matter.
There will be more to say later once the Staff Report is out.
|Public House Pub in Springfield, via City of Springfield|
The building at 418 A Street is the former home of First Christian Church before being purchased in 2011 by NEDCO and turned into Sprout, a local food incubator. As that endeavor came to an end, PublicHouse was created so the building could continue to be a gathering space for the community — yet refashioned with an updated personality.DevNW, formed after a merger I believe, used to be NEDCO and this was an earlier project on another former church.
By all accounts they did a sensitive job with the church architecture; and both as food hub and then as pub, the new enterprises complement the neighborhood and downtown edge.
Unless someone comes up with a documented history of problems with NEDCO, it has seemed like they deserved the benefit of any doubt on zoning, design, and operations.
DevNW do not seem positioned to be villains here.
More to come.
Addendum, Saturday, August 29th
There is a second matter at the Commission that is also a little interesting.
|This is now apparently an "an empty, abandoned, care facility"|
|Cemetery at top, mostly single detached homes|
Added second item on the Planning Commission's agenda, the apartments proposed for Browning and Kurth.
I wish your opinion carries more weight. I was told to read your blog before I ran for election but the comments about affordable housing project downtown and the references to the Salem reporter are right on the money my friend. Please take care and I hope everyone is doing well in these difficult times.
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