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Old 12-08-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Salem's construction boom

Salem has quite a lot of recent, current, and planned development for a small city with limited transportation connections. A city website (buildingsalem.com) lists some of what is going on:

Blubber Hollow roadway improvements – $1.5 million
Canal Street improvements – $16 million
Causeway Park – $1.5 million
Footprint Power – $800 million
Gateway Center & Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center – $30 million
Legacy Park (Salem Oil & Grease) – $20 million
MBTA Commuter Rail Station & Garage – $34 million
Mill Hill/East Riley Plaza redevelopment – $45 million
National Grid Cable Replacement Project – $40-$80 million
NSMC Power Plant – $25 million
PEM Expansion – $220 million
Riverview Place – $20 million
Salem Hospital expansion – $170 million
SSU Fitness Center – $15 million
SSU Library – $74 million
SSU Meier Hall science labs – $33 million
SSU Parking Garage – $16 million
St. Joseph’s redevelopment – $27 million
Salem Wharf – $3.1 million
Universal Steel redevelopment – $2 million

Salem's eggs are in many baskets, with major projects in many sectors: education, healthcare, hospitality, museum, transportation, energy, waterfront, parks, and housing. Of course Salem has its share of standard single-family housing development happening (one subdivision underway is permitted for 120 homes), but much of the new housing is dense redevelopment of underutilized sites in or near the center.

This is not a tidal wave of destruction smashing through an historic city. Most of downtown is subject to design review and Salem's four historic districts are strictly protected. I don't expect new construction to ever be as nice as Salem's treasured older buildings, but the design review and historic protection do tame developers' worst tendencies within key parts of the city.

This development boom is not going to make Salem a big city. But it will help to keep it fresh and relevant into the future.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: Salem's construction boom

This could be breaking ground in Salem as soon as Spring 2015, very exciting to see this happening in my city. http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_...=image&photo=6

http://patch.com/massachusetts/salem...ousing-project
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:23 PM   #3
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Re: Salem's construction boom

Bolded are complete, or nearly so.

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Blubber Hollow roadway improvements – $1.5 million
Canal Street improvements – $16 million
Causeway Park – $1.5 million
Footprint Power – $800 million
Gateway Center & Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center – $30 million
Legacy Park (Salem Oil & Grease) – $20 million
MBTA Commuter Rail Station & Garage – $34 million (I've seen the final cost as $44 million.)
Mill Hill/East Riley Plaza redevelopment – $45 million
National Grid Cable Replacement Project – $40-$80 million
NSMC Power Plant – $25 million
PEM Expansion – $220 million
Riverview Place – $20 million
Salem Hospital expansion – $170 million
SSU Fitness Center – $15 million
SSU Library – $74 million
SSU Meier Hall science labs – $33 million
SSU Parking Garage – $16 million
St. Joseph’s redevelopment – $27 million
Salem Wharf – $3.1 million
Universal Steel redevelopment – $2 million
To which can be added,
Kernwood Bridge replacement (same style as Northern Ave. bridge)
North St overpass reconstruction
Renovation of Probate Court and Superior Court buildings
SSU renovation/expansion of performance arts building
High Pressure Natural Gas Pipeline connector to Footprint power plant
Bridge St. reconstruction from Flint St to North St.
Expansion of hotel at Pickering Wharf
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Old 12-01-2016, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: Salem's construction boom

Bump, for the mods.

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Salem has quite a lot of recent, current, and planned development for a small city with limited transportation connections. A city website (buildingsalem.com) lists some of what is going on:

Blubber Hollow roadway improvements – $1.5 million
Canal Street improvements – $16 million
Causeway Park – $1.5 million
Footprint Power – $800 million current cost $1 billion
Gateway Center & Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center – $30 million
Legacy Park (Salem Oil & Grease) – $20 million
MBTA Commuter Rail Station & Garage – $34 million
Mill Hill/East Riley Plaza redevelopment – $45 million
National Grid Cable Replacement Project – $40-$80 million
NSMC Power Plant – $25 million
PEM Expansion – $220 million Much reduced in size and cost
Riverview Place – $20 million
Salem Hospital expansion – $170 million
SSU Fitness Center – $15 million
SSU Library – $74 million
SSU Meier Hall science labs – $33 million
SSU Parking Garage – $16 million
St. Joseph’s redevelopment – $27 million
Salem Wharf – $3.1 million
Universal Steel redevelopment – $2 million / part of F W Webb expansion?
Plus
Kernwood Bridge replacement (same style as Northern Ave. bridge)
North St overpass reconstruction
Renovation of Probate Court and Superior Court buildings
SSU renovation/expansion of performance arts building
High Pressure Natural Gas Pipeline connector to Footprint power plant
Bridge St. reconstruction from Flint St to North St.
Expansion of hotel at Pickering Wharf
Demolition of Salem District Court building, replaced by new residential building
Highland Ave reconstruction from Lynn line to area of Swampscott Rd
Possible commuter rail station, South Salem
And the Grimshawe house (my favorite)
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(There are probably others.)

Bold and underline: construction complete
Bold: construction underway
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Re: Salem's construction boom

There are threads about Salem on the Greater New England thread and the Metro Boston thread. It is inside 128.
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There are threads about Salem on the Greater New England thread and the Metro Boston thread. It is inside 128.
Yes, and there are separate threads on Footprint Power and the Peabody Essex Museum.
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...The two projects, merged into one venture called The Lighthouses, would create a total of 46 apartments in two new buildings: 21 apartments at 34 Peabody St., a block from the South River, and 25 apartments at 47 Leavitt St., across the street from Palmer Cove Park.

We're planning to do 50 percent of the units for people at 90 percent of the (area median) income, so it's more moderate-income housing.

"A lot of folks at median income are usually just below it and have a difficult time affording a nice apartment that's affordable for them. The other 50 percent would be a mix of 60-percent income and 30-percent income, about 50/50 there/
http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_...ffa0f6f3e.html

Wouldn't have posted if not for the interesting design.
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