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

Chair: Neal Kern ([email protected])

Land use chair: Neal Kern ([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
Sep. 15
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization Meeting - 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.

Sep. 24
Downtown Advisory Committee12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.Urban Development Department
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Regular Meeting of the Downtown Advisory Board

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

Phone: 503-588-6178

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 503-588-6178 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Oct. 14
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.

We meet every second Tuesday of each month. Locations vary.

Phone: 503-315-8924

Oct. 20
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization Meeting - 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.

Oct. 22
Downtown Advisory Committee12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.Urban Development Department
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Regular Meeting of the Downtown Advisory Board

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

Phone: 503-588-6178

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 503-588-6178 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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Notices

Upcoming planning hearings, land use hearings, and other notices that affect this neighborhood are listed below. You can also view land use applications in your neighborhood on the Salem Land Use Applications dashboard.

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Code AmendmentHistoric Landmarks Commission8/20/2020Ward 1; Ward 2; Ward 3; Ward 4; Ward 5; Ward 6; Ward 7; Ward 8; Central Area; East Lancaster; Faye Wright; Grant; Highland; Lansing; Morningside; Northeast Neighbors; North East Salem; Northgate; North Lancaster; South Central; Southeast Mill Creek; South East Salem; South Gateway; Sunnyslope; Southwest Association of Neighbors; West Salem
Sign Variance850 State StHearings Officer7/22/2020Ward 1; Central Area; Northeast Neighbors; South East Salem
Historic Design Review189 Liberty St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission7/16/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review210 Commercial St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission5/21/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Design Review / Site Plan Review / Driveway Approach Permit / Adjustment685 Court St NESalem Planning Commission5/5/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review305-321 Court St NEHistoric Landmarks Commission2/20/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Code AmendmentMulti-Family Housing Design ProjectCity Council1/27/2020Central Area; East Lancaster; Grant; Faye Wright; Highland; Lansing; Morningside; North East Salem; North Lancaster; Northeast Neighbors; Ward 1; Ward 2; Ward 3; Ward 4; Ward 5; Ward 6; Ward 7; Ward 8
Historic Design Review116 Marion St (Gilbert House Children's Museum)Historic Landmarks Commission1/16/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review260 State StHistoric Landmarks Commission1/16/2020Central Area; Ward 1
Historic Design Review260 State StreetHistoric Landmarks Commission1/16/2020Central Area; Ward 1
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Cara KaserCity Councilor for Ward 1Term expires December 31, 2020
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