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$45M Downtown Salem Project in the Works

The Salem News is reporting that Somerville developer is planning on building a $45 million mixed-use development right in the heart of downtown Salem.

A Somerville developer is reportedly making plans to construct a $45 million development in downtown Salem, the Salem News is reporting.

The company, RCG, is hoping to building a five-to-six story building on the block surrounded by Washington and Dodge streets with space for retail, offices, housing and a hotel, according to the Salem News article.

Mayor Kim Driscoll is expected to address the project at tonight's City Council meeting at City Hall on Washington Street.

What do you think of the proposal? Let us know in the comments section below.

Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.

Joseph Edwards January 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM
James why engage in conversation with someone who admits that he is uninformed as to the issue at hand.
john January 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Mr Edwards, my comments are not from a person that is uniformed. Read it again and tell why I am uninformed. All facts, so please tell me. If it is because I didn't read the Salem News then say so and I will understand your confused assumption.
Restless January 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Tee hee!
Joseph Edwards January 25, 2013 at 02:45 AM
No confusion at all John. You commented on an article citing the Salem News as a source without bothering to read the article. That tells me all that I need to know.
john January 25, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I commented on Salem Patch which cited the News. The Salem News and the Mayor have been working together for years. We give away public parking spaces much like we gave away Liberty St to the PEM. Is there anything else you would like to give away to increase my taxes?
Joseph Edwards January 25, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Thank you for acknowledging your failure to read the SNEWS article that you commented on. When you have found time in your schedule to read it I look forward to seeing you "informed" opinion.
Todd Doehner January 25, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Well, I have read the Salem News article and having done so feel no more or less "informed" than if I hadn’t. RCG openly admits that they have no idea what they’ll put in that site, only that their plan “… depends on how the market responds.” A high-end, mixed-use development with an anchor store and plenty of parking would clearly benefit the area; another housing project or condo complex dependent on public parking – like we have at the old Salem News site – clearly would not. It would be irresponsible of city officials to sign off on this project without a firm commitment from RCG to act in the city’s best interest – supporting RCG’s “…right to allow the marketplace to decide” is a bit short sighted, don’t you think?
john January 25, 2013 at 04:41 PM
My informed opinion is the same as before,parking. Sounds more like a 3 level privately owned parking garage.
James R. Willis Jr. January 25, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Mr. Doehner, I stand by my original post. No city official has "signed off on the project" yet, nor can they until a firm plan is filed. I'm sure we are agreement that on parking and zoning, the city should adhere to the law in granting approval or denial. The city has an absolute right under state and local law to require conditions related to parking, traffic and zoning. I agree with you that parking, density and quality-of-life issues aren't for the marketplace to dictate. Some of the comments here though, about how there is already too much vacant office space or how the city cannot support a third hotel, are not decisions the city should be getting involved in. Those absolutely are marktetplace decisions, not those that I want the adminstration or its planning department meddling in.
stickyfingerskim January 25, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Kim driscoll is on the take. Plain and simple.
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Ever since seeing our Mayor on the news with our Governor on the casino bill "It will not surprise me when she pushes for a casino and slots in Salem!" Does she even live in this city? I don't understand this new CPA crap of preserving our city! building hotels , a cruise ship slip, an 11 story turbine, etc... Our once nostalgic city we live in, is slowly being destroyed before our very eyes by an over zealous mayor that's turning Salem into a mini Boston. She's destroying Salem!
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Our mayor walks around with blinders on when it comes to single family home owners in this city. What she is causing by a higher tax for single family home and lower taxes for two family "income property" is that pretty soon you won't find a single family home in Salem because people will start turning their single family into a two family to get cheaper taxes and for extra income to afford all that taxes dumped on us now.
john January 25, 2013 at 07:08 PM
The ship pier will be a glorified fishing pier.Our ferry is tied up to a prime dock on long wharf in Boston,who pays for that?
Carolyn Costain January 25, 2013 at 07:39 PM
John, I would like to know why our ferry is there to? "Is our mayor and governor using it for outings or deep sea fishing? Whats wrong with all the other piers in Salem it could be tied up to, like winter island pier etc.?I will never understand the logic if any of our mayor! Also of raising taxes on struggling single family home owners and lowering taxes on two family homes that generate income for the owner. Does this really make any sense at all?
john January 25, 2013 at 07:55 PM
It makes sense to the Driscoll brainwased followers. I see today she has hired a replacement for Jason Silva,chief aid, and I will be shocked if the new guy dosen't get paid more then the old guy. She praised the last school superintendent when he left and how much he would be missed and then the state dropped the bomb on Salem schools,so she hired a more expensive person and she wants to extend the school day.
Fanny Cleaver January 26, 2013 at 04:06 PM
The problem is that -- thanks to special permits and other whimsical decisions of our zoning board -- compliance is a moving target, set to meet the needs and desires of any given developer who, after all, doesn't have to live with the consequences.
Edward January 26, 2013 at 05:05 PM
There is already a Walgreens down there, on the New Derby Street side.
Edward January 26, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This location would be PERFECT for a Trader Joe's, from what I read, it sounds like it would be the right size for one. As they already have two in the area (Peabody and Saugus), it would have to make financial sense for them to open a new location closeby. If TJ's opened up, I would shop there, no question.
JOHN CAHILL January 27, 2013 at 02:07 PM
we need a casino in salem
JOHN CAHILL January 27, 2013 at 02:37 PM
get a broom and clean up the trash
JOHN CAHILL January 27, 2013 at 04:42 PM
all pols are as honest as the day is short look at ombah you voted for him washington dc has more money than any place in the usa thanke to the tax payers
JOHN CAHILL January 27, 2013 at 04:56 PM
the feds hire 375000 workers they all make over 100000 a year when the dems and the repu go to lunch they laugh at the tax payers they get a 350.00 wine so they are very honest they thank you for paying for their lunch each day
JOHN CAHILL January 27, 2013 at 05:54 PM
salem is so honest they dont even know where the witches were hung there were no witches so they got away with murder
Judith Lazdowski January 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Tim Philbrook - I'm confused about your comment, "The Museum Place construction that will take 3-4 years". What Museum Place construction? As a tenant in the Museum Place Mall, I am not aware of any construction scheduled. Are you talking about the Peabody Essex Museum construction?
Wendy Snow-Lang January 31, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Funny you should say that, Bill. A CVS is planned for there!
Wendy Snow-Lang January 31, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Sorry, I retract my statement. The CVS is planned for the ST JOE'S site.
JOHN CAHILL February 01, 2013 at 07:46 PM
well pick up the trash if it bothers you
Matt February 01, 2013 at 07:57 PM
99% of the trash is from Point residents. I know, I used to live there
Restless February 01, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I learned from talking to the manager at the former Vinnin Sq TJs that this area was not lucrative enough now that Whole Foods has opened so I doubt they would put one in Salem. Would be great though.
Rich Felton February 20, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Do it James but not on the terms of UN AGENDA 21 and ICLEI.We wonder why our roads and bridges are a deplorable.

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