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Editorial: The Salem News Calls for Passage of Salem Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance

2.14.19

Ahead of tonight's Salem City Council meeting in which the City will consider an Adaptive Resuse Zoning Ordinance that will provide a permitting pathway for the resue and redevelopment of underutilized municipal and religious properties, The Salem News published an editorial this morning calling for passage of the ordinance: 

"The overlay would allow former church properties, such as St. James School, or municipal buildings, such as the former senior center on Broad Street, to be redeveloped for housing, with a special permit from the Planning Board. It is a reasonable change to current uses, and requires written input from both the Historical Commission and the Design Review Board before any housing proposal can be approved. It includes parking requirements and regulation of any new construction proposed for such sites. In all, 27 municipal and church buildings are included as eligible properties, although most of them are not vacant or likely to be redeveloped.

Housing, and particularly affordable housing, is a critical need in both the city and the region, and a zoning plan that allows for now-useless buildings to help meet that need is a plus for the city. We hope city councilors will agree and vote to approve the zoning overlay on Thursday."

Tonight's City Council meeting will take place at 7:00pm at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street.

Read the full Salem News Editoral here.

Click here to read NSAR's letter of support for this ordinance

 

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