Ferris Junk Yard Property Development Proposal Review: Sept 7th Planning Board Meeting

At 7pm, Sept 7th, the Juniper Point Investment Company, LLC will present their proposal to develop the Ferris Junkyard property. This meeting represents the first opportunity residents have to officially provide input to the City for the project.

Situated on Franklin Street, just off North Street, the project will likely require several variances, and affect traffic and quality of life in the Northfields and Ward 6 neighborhoods.

In addition, the project represents the first of several Franklin Street properties likely to be sold and developed, making its residential input critical to setting the stage for future projects.

Planning Board – 7/7/3-27 Public Meeting Agenda

 

 

 

 

 

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City Will Host Public Presentation and Discussion Regarding Planned “Complete Streets” Improvements to Bridge Street

On Thursday, September 7th the City of Salem will present design details and host a public discussion about planned “Complete Streets” improvements to the Bridge Street corridor, stretching from Boston Street to Flint Street.  The presentation and discussion will be held at the Salem Moose Family Center Function Hall, located at 50 Grove Street, #218 (corner of Grove Street and Harmony Grove Road) between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

Background: 

In 2014, the City of Salem enacted a “Complete Streets” Policy that commits it to designing and constructing public transportation infrastructure to provide for safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users of streets, trails, and transit  systems; this includes pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, commercial vehicles, and emergency vehicles, and people of all ages, abilities, and income levels.

In 2-16 the City was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s (EOHED) MassWorks Infrastructure Program to design and implement “Complete Streets” enhancements to the Bridge Street corridor, from Boston Street to Flint Street.  The planned improvements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Construct Bridge Street biking and sidewalk enhancements between Flint and Boston Streets to promote additional bike use and walking to and from North River Canal Corridor (NRCC) development sites and the downtown Salem MBTA Commuter Rail Station.  Design and replace the existing four-lane roadway with a three-lane “complete streets” roadway that will physically separate bicycle movements from parallel motor vehicle traffic with separated multi-use pathways on both sides of the street. Repave the segment of Bridge Street between Flint and Boston Streets including the Boston Street and Flint Street intersection approaches.  Provide new street lighting and landscaping to enhance the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Replace traffic signal at the intersection of Bridge Street with Boston and Prospect Streets with a more efficient signal system. Upgrade the signal at Flint/Bridge Streets as necessary to accommodate multi-modal use.
  • Complete an incomplete shared use path programmed for implementation between Grove and Bridge Streets. The remaining 250 +/- foot segment would be constructed between 28 Goodhue Street and Bridge Street.
  • Provide better 150 +/- foot connection between Bridge Street and Leslie’s Retreat Park shared use path on Flint Street in conjunction with signal modifications to the Flint Street/Bridge Street intersection discussed above.
  • Provide median crossing for pedestrians/bicyclists with a rectangular rapid flashing beacon at the Bridge Street end of the shared use path.

Questions?  Please contact Andrew Shapiro in the Department of Planning and Community Development at 978-619-5685 or ashapiro@salem.com.

Mack Park Gets Restrooms

Notice of Start of Work
July 6, 2017

The City’s contractor, Baystate Building & Remodeling Inc., will be commencing with the mobilization and interior demolition of the existing inoperable public restrooms at Mack Park during the week of July 10, 2017. The renovation for new accessible public restrooms will follow immediately after. The entire project is anticipated to be complete by mid-August 2017, weather permitting. Work hours for this project are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please note that while there are currently two buildings, when the work is finished there will be two sets of restrooms in one building. Parking may be limited or unavailable near the work site during the demolition and construction. Access to the public playground adjacent to the restrooms should always be available during construction, however parents should use caution with children near the work site.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Salem Community Preservation Act Fund.

City-wide 25MPH starts tomorrow

Following a vote of approval by the City Council earlier this month, the default speed limit on all City streets in Salem will be reduced to 25 MPH effective April 4. Streets that are posted with other speed limits will continue to be regulated by the posted speed limit.

Research has found that only 50 percent of pedestrians struck by vehicles traveling 30 MPH survive, but that over 80 percent who are struck by vehicles traveling 20 MPH survive. The aggregate impact of reducing a community’s baseline speed limit is to make its streets less deadly and safer for those on foot and bicycle, as well as those behind the wheel.

Read more: http://www.salem.com/node/115153

April Mack Park Meeting: Salem’s newest K9 & Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr.

Salem PD k9 BadgeThe April Mack Park Neighborhood Association meeting features our new K9 and his partner Officer Jon Bedard along with the entire K9 division, as well as  Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. , who will review his career accomplishments.

Please join us for an informative evening!

The presentation starts promptly at 7:00 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. pre-meeting social, including refreshments.

April 11, 2017
Tuesday, 6:30  PM
Moose Hall, 50 Grove St., Salem

 

March 14th MPNA Meeting Cancelled

In anticipation of  the forecast storm, the Tuesday, March 14 Mack Neighborhood Association meeting has been cancelled.

We’re disappointed about the weather. Greatly anticipating meeting our newest K9, our meeting included a visit from the entire K9  division. As well, February’s meeting was also cancelled on account of snow.

We hope to reschedule if at all possible, and will keep you apprised as we have more information.

Thank you for your support. Please stay warm, safe and dry during the storm!

Comedy Night – Friday, March 31

comedyThe Salem Moose presents Comedy Night, Friday, March 31st.

The evening features Paul D’Angelo, Steve Guilmette and Caroline Plummer.

Doors open at 7, and the show begins at 8. Pub menu available.

Tickets are $25. Reserve a table of 10 and the tenth ticket is free.

Proceeds benefit the Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, and Salem Moose Family Center #218.

Comedy Show Flyer