Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO)

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The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CAN-DO) is the downtown neighborhood association. Here you will find Salem’s Downtown Historic District, tree-lined streets, the Historic Elsinore Theater, shopping malls, and a variety of eateries. It also includes state offices, City Hall, Salem Hospital, and Oregon’s State Capitol.

If you live, work, or own property in downtown Salem, you are a member of CANDO. To find out how you can be an active member in our neighborhood, attend a meeting or contact the chair.

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CANDO Members have quick access to Salem’s Saturday Market.

About your neighborhood

Land use chair: Bruce Hoffman ([email protected])

Police district: 7

Parks: Marion Square Park, Pringle Park and Community Hall, Riverfront Park, Waldo Park (one of the smallest parks in the world), and portions of Minto-Brown Island Park

Schools: Willamette University

Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization BylawsDocument8/21/2018191 KB
CANDO Neighborhood PlanMaster Plan2/14/2017995 KB

Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday, 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 685 Marion ST NE, Salem OR 97301. See the calendar for specific dates.

If you want to speak at a neighborhood association meeting, contact the chair.

Agendas and minutes

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Calendar
Nov. 19
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization CAN-DO6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.First Christian Church
685 Marion ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Regular Meeting

Agenda:

​November 19, 2019

Phone: 503-540-2303

Learn more

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2303 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Nov. 28
Thanksgiving - Some city offices closed for holiday observanceCivic Center
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Nov. 29
Thanksgiving - Some city offices closed for holiday observanceCivic Center
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Dec. 11
North Neighbors (N2) Meeting11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in North Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, call Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

Dec. 17
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization CAN-DO6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.First Christian Church
685 Marion ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Regular Meeting

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-540-2303

Learn more

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2303 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Notices

Upcoming planning hearings, land use hearings, and other notices that affect this neighborhood are listed below.

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Historic Design Review195-197 Commercial St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission11/21/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Class 3 Design Review / Class 3 Site Plan Reveiw / Class 2 Adjustment990 Broadway St NESalem Planning Commission11/5/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Sign Variance1112 Center St NEHearings Officer9/25/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Class 3 Design Review / Class 3 Site Plan Review / Class 2 Adjustment451-465 Division Street NESalem Planning Commission7/23/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review120 Commercial Street NEHistoric Landmarks Commission7/18/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review379-383 State StreetHistoric Landmarks Commission7/18/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review220-230 Liberty St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission6/20/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Appeal of a Modification to Condtional Use / Zone Change 700-800 Blocks of Commercial St NE and 253-275 Division St NEHearings Officer6/12/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Class 3 Design Review / Class 3 Site Plan Review / Class 2 Adjustment700 to 800 Commercial St NE and 253 to 275 Division St NESalem Planning Commission6/4/2019Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review189 Liberty St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission5/16/2019Central Area; Ward 1

Contact us

Neal KernChair
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Contact your City Councilor

Cara KaserCity Councilor for Ward 1Term expires December 31, 2020
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Contact City staff

Irma DowdNeighborhood Services Coordinator
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