I was surprised and sad to see that Bernard's is closing. I love that shop.
john September 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Another taxpayer gone to PEM along with Salem Diner gone to Salem State. Being tax exempt must be awesome.
Joanne Kennedy September 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I really don't think this anything to do with the PEM (other than the usual Salem PEM grand conspiracy). Bernards is/was a lovely store but it was/is a huge through back to a time that just does not fit any more. It is terribly sad though - in all the years I visited Salem before moving here it has always been a lovely constant. As for the PEM be grateful that a world class museum wants to be here.
john September 21, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I don't think many other cities would have given a tax exempt institution a street so they could expand. At the rate we are going ,we will have PEM and tee shirt stores only. Simply put I am not a fan of tax free expansion in Salem.
KlassySalem September 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM
John, PEM pays taxes on the Bernard's building. If it remains retail, they'll continue to pay taxes on it. Using your own words above, at the rate we are going, if we don't have the PEM, we will only have tee shirt stores. Is that really preferable? PEM will need permits and probably at least a few variances for their expansion. I'm all for extorting favorable PILOT agreements when they come for variances.
john September 23, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I don't think I said anything about not having PEM. I don't see them leaving. My point is,if PEM continues to expand,soon we will only have them and tee shirt stores and Salem cannot survive on that. I was unaware that PEM owned the building Bernards is located in but it makes me wonder what property has PEM taken in Salem for any other use than expansion?


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