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Salem Joint Hearing on Municipal and Religious Reuse, June 17th, 2019

6.14.19

On Monday, June 17th, 2019, the Salem City Council and Planning Board will hold a joint hearing about the proposed changes to zoning ordinance regarding “municipal and religious reuse” by special permit. The hearing will take place at 6:00pm at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington St.

Brokers working in Salem may be interested in the results of this hearing, as passage of this long-debated zoning ordinance change could lead to redevelopments of older buildings to increase the housing stock in the city. The effort began with an overlay district proposal that failed to reach the required supermajority vote in the city council, and, due to Salem’s time limits on bringing back proposals, has been revived as a plan to create a new zoning code allowing for a special permit to reuse any municipal or religious building for housing. Thank you to NSAR Town Monitors Cynthia Nina Soto and David Friedberg who have been active in working support of the municipal and religious reuse ordinance through its many iterations.

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