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City of Salem Budget Committee Meetings Begin April 25 - 04/19/18

Salem, Ore. — On Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, the City of Salem Citizen Budget Committee will hold the first of three Budget Committee meetings. After receiving community input on the City’s estimates for revenue, the cost of services and capital projects, the budget committee will then develop a recommended budget for City Council to consider during a public hearing in June. The $596.7 million budget will focus on the priorities of the Salem Strategic Plan and the 2018 Council Policy Agenda, including sustaining City services, reducing homelessness, public safety and supporting the Salem economy. It also includes environmental priorities identified by City Council, such as a greenhouse gas inventory.

The two additional budget committee meetings will be held in Council Chambers on May 2 and May 9. The public is encouraged to attend or watch the committee meetings. All meetings will be live-streamed on cable channel 21, Capital Community Television’s YouTube Channel, and the City of Salem’s Facebook page.

Learn more about the Citizen Budget Committee, see meeting minutes and agendas, or view current committee openings by visiting cityofsalem.net/Pages/citizen-budget-committee.aspx.

Apply Now: $80,000 Available to Salem Property Owners for Site Reuse and Revitalization - 04/13/18

Salem, Ore. – Apply now. The City of Salem has $80,000 available to assist local property owners with environmental cleanup as they revitalize sites throughout the city. The funds are available through a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and can be used for environmental assessment and reuse planning. This grant program provides one more “tool” to assist Salem property owners with site reuse and redevelopment. These funds are available until Sept. 2018.

Sites eligible for the EPA grant funding include:

  • Vacant or underutilized sites, including where redevelopment or re-use is planned
  • Historic buildings with asbestos, lead paint, or other hazardous materials
  • Dry cleaners, manufacturing sites, or other former uses with suspected environmental contamination
  • Former agricultural or institutional uses, including state or county owned property

The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program funds are available for Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments, as well as reuse and redevelopment planning (including market studies, traffic studies, and master planning).

Environmental assessment and cleanup are often critical components of site revitalization. For example, Pacific Office Automation recently received assistance from the Site Reuse and Revitalization Program when they renovated a vacant downtown building at 260 Liberty Street NE. The Program funded the building’s Phase I Environmental Assessment. In total, the company invested $1.3M in the downtown building renovation and relocated 22 employees to the space.                                                                  

For additional information regarding EPA grant funding, please visit www.cityofsalem.net/business-resources or contact Annie Gorski at 503-540-2480 or ski@cityofsalem.net">agorski@cityofsalem.net. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem’s Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City’s urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

Portland Road NE Speed Limit Temporarily Reduced to 30 MPH - 04/12/18

Speed reduction is part of project to make area safer and improve transit access

Salem, Ore. — On Monday Apr. 16, 2018, the speed limit on Portland Road NE between Carleton Way NE and Hyacinth Street NE will be temporarily reduced to 30 MPH to accommodate the construction of street improvements. This speed reduction is part of a larger Northeast Salem project to increase safety and encourage private development along Portland Road. Once construction is complete, Salem residents, businesses, and visitors will experience new sidewalks, mid-block pedestrian crossings, and upgraded transit stops.

The pending infrastructure work will require traffic shifting and lane closures on Portland Road NE. Motorists are asked to use caution when in this area. At times, flaggers will be present to control traffic.

This project came out of the Portland Road Corridor Action Plan, which was developed after significant outreach in 2015 and 2016 to residents, business, and active organizations in the area. The feedback requested that the City explore ways to grow small businesses, make biking and walking safer, and create financial incentives for business and property owners improve the vitality in the area. Learn more about the Portland Road Corridor Action Plan on the City of Salem website, https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/north-gateway-urban-renewal-area.aspx.

Attached Media Files: Speed Limit Reduction Map
12th Street SE Southbound Widening Project to Impact Traffic - 04/11/18

Utility relocation work from Hoyt Street SE to Fairview Avenue SE sets stage for further improvements

Salem, Ore. -- On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, utility relocation work began on southbound 12th Street SE from Hoyt Street SE to Fairview Avenue SE as part of the 12th Street SE Southbound Widening Project. This is the first phase of a project that will widen the current roadway to accommodate a southbound right turn lane to Fairview Drive SE. Franchise utility relocation work will continue through May 2018, and will require traffic shifting and lane closures on 12th Street SE. Pedestrians and motorists are asked to use caution and plan for some delays.

Additional improvements include replacing an existing culvert under 12th Street SE at Clark Creek, storm drain modifications, sidewalk improvements, and traffic signal modifications on the northwest corner of the intersection of Fairview Avenue and 12th Street. The additional improvements are anticipated to be completed by December, 2018.

This project was identified in the City Capital Improvement Plan, and is designed to help relieve southbound traffic congestion, provide sidewalk and bike lane improvements, increase street illumination, and enhance fish passage on Clark Creek. The project is funded through a combination of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds, City of Salem Transportation and Stormwater System Development Charges, and Stormwater Utility Charges.

Salem Housing Authority Awarded $50,000 Grant from Salem Health for Homeless Peer Supportive Services - 04/09/18

Salem, OR - Salem Housing Authority (SHA) was awarded a $50,000 grant from Salem Health’s Community Partnership Grant program. The grant supports the Homeless Rental Assistance Program (HRAP) by funding peer supportive services for chronically homeless clients who have been housed or are awaiting housing placement. SHA partners with ProjectABLE to provide peer supports. Peer supportive services help to engage the clients in pro-social activities, develop positive peer relationships, and develop supportive and trusting relationships with persons who will encourage their transformational journey of recovery from homelessness, substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and chronic health conditions.

Launched in July 2017, HRAP is one of the City of Salem’s key strategies to reduce the number of chronically homeless individuals in Salem. With a goal to house 100 of the “hardest to house” homeless individuals in its first year, HRAP is the largest initial year “Housing First” program in Oregon. The program combines rental assistance, intensive case management services and funding to reduce other barriers to client success and self-sufficiency.

Salem Health’s Community Partnership Grant Program funds programs that share Salem Health’s commitment to improve health and well-being of the community. The hospital’s current funding priorities include obesity, substance abuse and addictions and early childhood health.

Andy Wilch, SHA’s Housing Administrator, said, “Funding from Salem Health’s Community Partnership Grant Program to support peer supportive services will help our Homeless Rental Assistance Program clients through their short-term challenges and to achieve long-term success.”

To learn more about the Homeless Rental Assistance Program, please refer to https://www.salemhousingor.com/partners/ or contact Andy Wilch, 503-587-4819.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6368 opción 2.

Be a Part of Salem's Downtown Streetscape Design Plan April 18 - 04/06/18

View, Discuss, and Give Feedback on Concepts Prior to Council Decision

            Salem, Ore. – Do you have ideas about how to make Downtown Salem’s sidewalks more inviting, exciting, or fun? Salem residents are invited to attend the third and final Downtown Salem Streetscape Design Plan Open House on Wed., Apr. 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Senator Hearing Room/Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. NE. Participants will have the opportunity to give input on concepts for improving Salem’s downtown experience before the Salem City Council makes a decision on the plan later this Spring.

The concepts that will be presented at the Open House were developed from community input. More than 300 people have provided input on how to make our downtown sidewalks more inviting, exciting, and fun since the first open house in November 2017.

Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top project priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings in 2016. Walker Macy was selected to lead community visioning and design efforts. Their experience in streetscape projects have been shown to enhance downtowns and their project team consists of experienced professionals in the fields of landscape architecture/planning, civil engineering, transportation, public involvement, and economics.

For more information on the Downtown Streetscape Plan, visit www.cityofsalem.net/downtown or contact Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager, at 503-540-2495 or gren@cityofsalem.net">swahrgren@cityofsalem.net. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem’s Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City’s urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Zoning and Street Design Changes to Area Around State Street - 03/27/18

Salem, Ore. -- On April 3, 2018, the Salem Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed mixed-use zoning and new street design for State Street between 12th and 25th streets. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 555 Liberty Street SE. The proposed changes come after more than two years of work on the State Street Corridor Plan and aims to revitalize State Street into a vibrant, walkable, mixed-used corridor.

The State Street Corridor Plan project included extensive public engagement efforts, such as public meetings, stakeholder interviews, videos, emails, mailings, social media posts, and a survey. The plan builds on recommendations in the Northeast Neighbors and Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Plan adopted in 2015. Development of the State Street Corridor Plan is partially funded by a grant from the Transportation and Growth Management Program, a joint program of the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Land Conservations and Development.

Learn more about the State Street Corridor Plan on the City of Salem's website: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/state-street-corridor-plan-to-revitalize-the-street.aspx