Last week, the Department of Public Works graded the parcel at 38-40 Palmer Street.
This lot has already been through a lot! But the grading marks the physical beginning of the lot as Community Engagement Site! Art, events, music, food, and much more will engage residents and visitors… but more on that later.
First, a short history on this lot: On March 12, 2012, the City of Salem claimed a lien upon the lot at 38-40 Palmer Street in The Point Neighborhood of Salem, Massachusetts. That January, city officials contracted to remove a dilapidated one story building that had become a public safety issue, a fact that came to light the previous summer during a neighborhood walkthrough with local teens, the mayor, and police.
Last March we interviewed locals on what they may want to see on this lot. Some of their responses prompted more action:
– Needs to be cleaned up a little bit more.
– This should be a place for the youth and kids to have a safe place to be off streets.
– A park needs to be here.
– Empty space going to waste. They should make some kind of kid recreation, mostly for the summer and for the winter there is nothing for these kids to do.
– They should build something for the kids.
– A big empty space that should be filed with something positive for the community.
– This should be a place where the kids can learn about gardening and painting.
– There should be a little park for kids under 5 because big kids and little kids can’t play in the same park because the big kids hurt the little kids.as documented in a survey taken March 30th, 2013