SHINE is a look backward from the present to Salem's 1860 charter. In each year we have four sections: glimpses of what was happening around the world, a special event in Salem, what you see when you visit that site today, and other Salem events of interest that year.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A New Access to Pringle Creek and Riverfront Park?

Over a year ago, the developers of the former Boise Cascade property, displayed this overview of what might be a future access to the property. Since then it has been determined that the State Street entrance (across the railroad tracks) to the Carousel will be closed. Thus a new opening will serve both that facility and the developing property at Pringle Creek to the south. There is no assurance that the plan shown here will be the one used, but it is interesting to see what was being considered at that time. The new intersection will be adjacent to our Downtown Historic District, but does not effect historically designated property on Ferry Street.


MWVBTA said...

The map you display is outdated in at least one other regard: The little street off Ferry that points into the new entry will not be open, and so there will be no access from Ferry or way to cross Front at the new entry. The plan requires a good chunk of "out of direction" travel for pedestrians, and also means that a locked gate will intercept the eye when you are looking down State Street towards the Carousel. While the plan doesn't affect historic properties, it does make a dent in the walkability of downtown and make connections across the barriers of Front Street and the RR more difficult. Someone using the proposed Minto bridge will not be able to make an intuitive or direct connection to downtown, and will instead need to zig and zag.

Windows, Siding, Roofing and more... said...

Boise cascade came up with a great view. This new access will allow the people to move easily.

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