Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO)


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.

​Your City Councilors

Cara Kaser[email protected]Ward 1

About your neighborhood

Police district: 7

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

Schools: Willamette University


Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday, 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 685 Marion ST NE, Salem OR 97301. See the calendar for specific dates. 

Dec. 28
Center 50+evening closure during week of Christmas holiday5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
Dec. 31
Center 50+ evening closure5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
Jan. 01
New Year's Day
Jan. 15
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization CAN-DO6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.First Christian Church
685 Marion ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Jan. 24
Downtown Advisory Board12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.Urban Development Department
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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​Agendas and minutes

central-area-neighborhood-association-development-organization-agenda-2018-11-20.pdf11/20/201839 KB
central-area-neighborhood-association-development-organization-agenda-2018-10-16.pdf10/16/201840 KB
central-area-neighborhood-development-organization-minutes-2018-10-16.pdf10/16/2018140 KB
central-area-neighborhood-development-organization-agenda-2018-09-18.pdf9/18/201840 KB
central-area-neighborhood-development-organization-minutes-2018-09-18.pdf9/18/2018121 KB
central-area-neighborhood-development-organization-agenda-2018-08-21.pdf8/21/201840 KB
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HIS18-34 Historic Resource Demolition hearing noticeHearing Notice12/20/20181333 KB
CU18-11 Hearing NoticeHearing Notice12/12/2018832 KB
ZC18-01 Hearing Notice Hearing Notice10/24/20181945 KB
HIS16-34MOD2 Hearing NoticeHearing Notice9/20/2018649 KB
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization BylawsDocument8/21/2018191 KB
HIS18-24 Hearing NoticeHearing Notice8/16/20181534 KB
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If you want to speak at a neighborhood association meeting, contact the chair.

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Neal KernChair
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Irma DowdNeighborhood Services Coordinator