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1.16.19 Housing Watch: Residential Development Proposed for Controversial Highland Ave Site in Salem

Salem officials confirmed Monday that a controversial proposal to build an entertainment complex at 355-373 Highland Avenue in Salem has been withdrawn. Ward 3 City Councilor Lisa Peterson made the announcement on her Facebook page Monday night and said the city was in the early stages of reviewing a new proposal for the property, which was listed for sale last February.

Peterson said there was a new proposal for the site before the city but it was in the early stages. "The new proposal includes residential rental units and a restaurant. Details beyond that are still being developed, and our input is very valuable at this stage to help shape the proposal," she said. Details beyond that are still being developed, and our input is very valuable at this stage to help shape the proposal." 

"In the coming days, I will post a date for an upcoming open-house style meeting for you to come learn more about this early proposal, meet the people making the proposal, ask questions you may have, and share your feedback and concerns and how you would like to see it develop."

More on this development from the Salem Patch

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1.11.19 Meeting Notice: Salem to Hold Public Hearing on FY20 Action Plan for Community & Economic Development

The City of Salem's Department of Planning & Community Development will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in the first floor conference room at 98 Washington Street at 6:00 P.M. on the FY20 Action Plan for Community and Economic Development for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

The Action Plan will outline Salem’s housing and community development needs and funding priorities for the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, which are used to benefit low and moderate income persons.

The purpose of this hearing is to give citizens the opportunity to comment on the housing and community development needs of Salem’s low to moderate income residents and on the types of activities that should be undertaken to meet these needs. In the event of a meeting cancellation due to inclement weather, this meeting will be rescheduled to January 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

More information is available on Salem.com. Additional coverage is also available on the Salem Patch.

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1.9.19 Local News: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll to Hold Housing Policy Address & Summit in 2019

According to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll's Chief of Staff, Dominick Pangallo, Mayor Driscoll will provide an address on housing policies in place of the traditional "State-of-the-City" address on a date to-be-determined which will coincide with a "Housing Summit" in 2019. 

More here from The Salem Gazette

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1.7.19 Meeting Notice: Salem to Hold Continuation of Public Hearing on Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Overlay District this Wed 1/9

The City of Salem will hold a continuation of the joint Public Hearing of the Salem Planning Board and Salem City Council this Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 P.M. at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street to consider the proposed zoning ordinance that establishes a Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Overlay District. 

This ordinance provides for historic preservation while helping to meet the growing need for housing in Salem, especially senior and affordable units. As REALTORS®, we know firsthand that the North Shore is in need of increased housing stock. We understand that no community can sustain a desirable quality of life without meeting its residents’ basic need for housing.

Given that there is no permitting pathway or mechanism to allow for the preservation or reuse of these municipal and religious buildings as currently situated in Salem, NSAR supports this ordinance as it would establish sufficient oversight and flexibility to incentivize the reuse of these current and potentially underutilized properties in a beneficial manner to the community.

Salem's Proposed Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance

NSAR’s Letter of Support

Joint Public Hearing Notice

NSAR encourages Salem REALTORS® to attend Wednesday's Public Hearing and voice your support. NSAR members attended and spoke in support of the ordinance at the initial hearing in December.

If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact NSAR's Government Affairs Manager Kristian Hoysradt at kristian@northshorerealtors.com or by phone at 978-232-9410.
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12.12.18 Housing Watch: Salem to Hold Joint Public Hearing on Proposed Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Overlay District

The City of Salem will hold a joint Public Hearing of the Salem Planning Board and Salem City Council this Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 P.M. at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street to consider the proposed zoning ordinance that establishes a Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Overlay District. 

This ordinance provides for historic preservation while helping to meet the growing need for housing in Salem, especially senior and affordable units. As REALTORS®, we know firsthand that the North Shore is in need of increased housing stock. We understand that no community can sustain a desirable quality of life without meeting its residents’ basic need for housing.

Given that there is no permitting pathway or mechanism to allow for the preservation or reuse of these municipal and religious buildings as currently situated in Salem, NSAR supports this ordinance as it would establish sufficient oversight and flexibility to incentivize the reuse of these current and potentially underutilized properties in a beneficial manner to the community.

Salem's Proposed Municipal & Religious Adaptive Reuse Zoning Ordinance

NSAR’s Letter of Support

Joint Public Hearing Notice

NSAR encourages Salem REALTORS® to attend Thursday’s Public Hearing and voice your support. NSAR’s Salem Town Monitor will be in attendance to submit the Association’s statement of support. 

If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact NSAR's Government Affairs Manager Kristian Hoysradt at kristian@northshorerealtors.com or by phone at 978-232-9410.
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11.28.18 Housing Watch: Salem to Hold Public Hearing on Proposal to Amend & Expand City's Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) Zones

The Salem City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, Second Floor, Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street, for all persons interested in Mayor Kim Driscoll's proposed Amendment to the existing Downtown Salem Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) Zone (program area) and Plan as originally approved by the Salem City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development in 2017.

HDIP is a state-enabled program per M.G.L. Chapter 40V that incentivizes the development of market-rate housing in a program area established by an eligible municipality. The amendment to this HDIP Zone shall be expanded to include all parcels within the Central Development (B5) Zoning District, the adjacent North River Canal Corridor Zoning District and three additional parcels, specifically 5 Broad Street, 17 Hawthorne Boulevard, and 150 Federal Street.

According to Mayor Driscoll, the zones and districts included in this proposal were chosen due to the high costs associated with redevelopment as a result of prior use and contamination in the B5 Central Development business zone and North River Canal Corridor district. Additionally, the three specific properties identified in the proposal already have market-rate housing projects under consideration and two of the three are somewhat constrained by the historic district overlays.

The original HDIP Zone & Plan is available here and the proposed amendment is available here (Pages 65-73). 

The official Meeting Notice & Agenda for Thursday's Public Hearing is avaialble here.

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