A new life for 289 Derby
Starting tonight, the city, in collaboration with Creative Salem & Salem Public Space Project, is hosting a series of Placemaking events to determine the future of the vacant lot at 289 Derby Street. These "placemaking community events" are a fantastic way to gather ideas and interests in the future of the lot.
Years ago, there were plans to transform the lot (and adjacent parcels) into a Bowditch park. In 1979, the city put forth plans that proposed a maritime-inspired park that took design cues from Salem's sailing and trading history.
The entire 1979 proposal is worth a look-through! Not only is it interesting to see the potential that this project had but it is also a fun look at how design projects were once presented.
As these awesome placemaking activities happen at 289 Derby, we hope that a thread a maritime history is retained in this site. No matter the new use of 289 Derby, Historic Salem is excited to see what becomes of this place!
Click here to read the press release for the project
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