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 Background

Background
In fall 2012 Salem's Urban Renewal Agency initiated the North Downtown Housing Investment Strategy (Housing Strategy) to better understand the demand and opportunity for housing in the area north of the downtown core, roughly bound by Union Street, Front Street, Market Street, and High Street (North Downtown). Johnson Reid consulting was selected to complete the analysis and generate recommendations.  A stakeholder advisory group made up of real estate professionals, property owners, and other interested individuals, provided feedback on the Housing Strategy findings and recommendations.  Focus groups and an online survey solicited feedback on the demand for housing in North Downtown, the type of housing, and other preferences.  On August 26, 2013 the Urban Renewal Agency approved of the Housing Strategy report and recommendations.
 
 
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 Key Findings

Key Findings
The Housing Strategy report confirms the need and opportunity for more housing and supportive amenities, including bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, streetscape improvements, and commercial uses (i.e grocery) in North Downtown.  The Housing Strategy report emphasizes that realizing this opportunity will require significant investments from the City and/or Agency and improved market conditions.  Key findings from the Housing Strategy are available in the executive summary of the report.

 Next Steps

Next Steps

  • Pursue supportive short term Mobility Study recommendations, including completing design of a new traffic signal at Union and Commercial Streets (identified in the adopted FY 13-14 Riverfront Downtown URA budget);
  • Discuss findings with the development community and other key stakeholders to raise awareness for housing opportunities in North Downtown
  • Pursue partnerships and projects that support the need for more workforce housing;
  • Work in conjunction with the Community Development Department to identify the scope of any code revisions in North Downtown; and
  • Maintain existing Riverfront Downtown URA financial incentives and evaluate opportunities for new, expanded incentives directed to housing.

The companion Central Salem Mobility Study recommendations were approved on August 12, 2013, and include several projects aimed at improving connectivity, safety, and access for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians, including on Union Street.   

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