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Housing Watch: Plans Unveiled for 180-unit Housing Development at former CinemaWorld Site


At an Open House this past Monday at Salem High School, developers previewed plans for a 180-unit residential and commercial development along Highland Ave in Salem where the CinemaWorld entertainment complex had previously been proposed.

Read more here from The Salem News

"Jefferson Apartment Group, a company headquartered in Virginia, met with area residents at an open house at Salem High School Monday night. It featured a version of the project that is due for revision based on comments, long before anything is filed at City Hall, according to Sandi Silk, Jefferson's senior vice president.

They're proposing to build 180 apartments at 355 to 373 Highland Ave., Silk said. The project would use seven different pieces of property that fall into two zoning districts: business highway, which has one set of limitations and business park development introducing another. Much of the land has already been cleared of trees and buildings to deal with contamination discovered as the CW Theaters proposal was coming together.

Of the 180 units currently proposed, 10 percent — 18 units — would be tagged as affordable for households at 80 percent of the area median income or lower, Silk said. The plans are drawn up to support about 300 parking spaces, a fair chunk of which surround a roughly 6,000-square-foot proposed restaurant front and center on the site.

Neighborhood response was much more favorable than what was heard at cineplex meetings, but criticism still focused heavily on traffic. Easel pad sheets asking for feedback were covered in comments focusing on the issue, while others also raised concerns about water and sewer impact, and whether 18 units of affordable housing was enough for the city."


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