On July 16, 2018, the Salem City Council will hold a public hearing on the State Street Corridor Plan. The hearing begins at 6 pm, and will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. They will hear from all of us about our vision for the future of State Street between 12th and 25th Streets. Should it improve, or stay the same?
Not a New Idea
Since 1995, neighbors in SESNA and NEN have advocated for mixed-use zoning and reconfiguring State Street from 12th Street to 25th Street.
The findings of multiple consultants over the decades have consistently supported a way to help turn State Street into a pleasing place to be, increase safety for all, and help it live up to its economic and community potential. There are two parts to the plan: Mixed-use zoning, and improving the street itself. Both are needed to make the kind of place we all want to go.
The street improvement is currently called the “Road Diet” plan, and Salem’s Planning Commission recommended against it.
It now goes to the City Council for a final decision.
Two Questions for You
Do you like State Street the way it is, or agree with us that it can be better?
Do you want State Street between 12th and 25th Streets to be a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use destination where people want to be, instead of a blighted landscape of empty parking lots and vacant buildings people speed through?
SESNA’s letter to the Council is HERE. The letter itself is a page and a half long. Another ten pages of attachments summarize the 1995 NEN-SESNA Neighborhood Action Plan, the 2015 NEN-SESNA Neighborhood Plan, and the 2017 State Street Corridor Plan. Have a look and see what neighbors both new and long-term have wanted for their part of town.
Don’t you want the same? Join us on July 16!
And don’t forget to RSVP on our Facebook event so your friends know you’re coming!