Salem council to tackle sale, purchase of downtown lots

Old Universal Steel lot, Derby Street carnival site under review

The Salem News | By Dustin Luca
October 24, 2016

SALEM — A pair of City Council sessions Tuesday night could help pave the way for a million-dollar land purchase on one end of the downtown and an unrelated land sale on the other.

Two committee meetings will run at City Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. The first on the calendar will discuss the sale of city-owned land at 297 Bridge St. The small parcel, currently used as a parking lot, is being lumped with a neighboring F.W. Webb expansion proposal.

The second meeting, slated for 7 p.m., will tackle three issues tied to the city buying land at 289 Derby St. for $1.4 million. This site is also a parking lot — and the current location of the Derby Street Carnival.

Bridge Street lot

The F.W. Webb discussion in particular could draw opposition, as the possible sale of the lot has been a sore spot for neighbors and at least one city councilor since it was proposed more than a year ago.

The discussion will focus on setting restrictions for the lot’s sale and the ensuing expansion project, including development oversight and a deed restriction on the neighboring land already owned by F.W. Webb, according to Mayor Kim Driscoll.

The restrictions on the land sale, however, would affect any company or person buying the site, since it’s going up for auction, according to Driscoll.

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