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Salem Businesses: What Future Projects Would You Like in North Salem?

Thursday, July 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency invites business owners, residents, and visitors to share improvement ideas and assist in prioritizing future projects in the Portland Road Corridor, specifically the area north of Pine Street. 

The community is invited to provide feedback via a short online survey:


The Portland Road Corridor is located in Salem’s 900-acre North Gateway Urban Renewal Area (URA) between Sunnyview Road NE and Blossom Drive NE. The URA was created in 1990 to eliminate blight and depreciating property values, attract jobs and private investment, and fund public improvements. Since 1990, approximately $53 million in funding has contributed to road improvements, mixed use development, and building improvements in the area. Limited funding is available to complete remaining URA Plan projects, including the second phase of Portland Road improvements.

In November 2014, Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency approved the scope for the Portland Road Corridor Strategic Action Plan as a way to evaluate and prioritize projects that maximize private investment, job creation, and economic vitality in the North Gateway URA. It includes assessing demand for new businesses and housing, identifying development opportunities, sites and partnerships, prioritizing transportation infrastructure improvements, and recommending incentives to encourage redevelopment. Action Plan recommendations are anticipated by fall 2015.

To learn more, or to sign up for our email list for project updates and involvement opportunities, go to To schedule a briefing with your organization, contact Annie Gorski, Project Manager, at 503-540-2480 or  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 City’s URAs 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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