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As a stakeholder what is your stake in what might be here in the future?

This building is far too large for the area, and before you say that we discussed it in March.... I was there in March. It seems that you didn't consider any of our feedback as the plans are still for... Read more...

12 supporters

I couldn't agree more. The proposal to replace truly affordable public housing units with a privately operated mixed income housing project is another step in the direction of privatizing what has been,... Read more...

10 supporters

I agree, it seems that this site plan is already approved and we were not considered at all. I spoke out back when this was first brought up, I live on Memorial drive and will definitely be impacted by... Read more...

10 supporters

With the tremendous influx of cash as well as political will for true low income housing units from the Federal and State governments, there is no excuse for privatizing this project. There is money... Read more...

7 supporters

Absolutely, unacceptable situation at hand. Shame...shame...shame.

4 supporters

Group response part 2:
Richard, we understand your concerns about Beacon Communities being a private developer. Although it may not change your opinion on this matter, we do want to make sure that our... Read more...

Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for your questions, comments and voicing your concerns. We cannot reply to each one of you individually through this platform, so we’ve done our best to address your... Read more...

Group response part 3:
Thomas, our site plan has not been approved. The plans that you see today are just an early suggestion of what we think this community can become and will continue to be adapted... Read more...

Why are you building on coastal land that will flood in a few years? How will people reach their stairs that are in water - by boat? Will elevators, run by electricity, work in a flooded area? How will... Read more...

Barbara, thank you for your comment. You bring up an excellent and important point about protecting this community, and its infrastructure, from flooding. As it currently sits with all residential units... Read more...

1 supporter

Thanks for your response. I still think building anything on or above a flood plain is tempting future disasters. And, if I understand your response correctly, only the Salem residents now living at Leefort... Read more...

Resident selection for affordable housing typically take place via a lottery, in accordance with state requirements, . The reconstructed Leefort Terrace will include Section 8 Project Based Housing Choice... Read more...

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

It needs to have community support and be protective of current residents at that site.

7 supporters

Hi Julie- We agree and that's why we've created this site and kicked off our neighborhood outreach early in the process.

You seem to be ignoring the comments of the majority of the responders who feel the size and appearance of the buildings are wrong for its location in a residential neighborhood

6 supporters
As a stakeholder what is your stake in what might be here in the future?

This is a residential area, you cannot build a commercial style building here. The residents in the area don’t want it, and I believe you should stick with a similar style building to what exits now! Adding... Read more...

6 supporters

I commented earlier that the first proposal for the Settler's condos was for tall brick style buildings and the neighbors protested vigorously that it did not fit the neighborhood. The redesign is what... Read more...

4 supporters

I cannot believe the changes going on in Salem, we are over building, no respect for our City, we are loosing what Salem is all about. It saddens me to see these changes and our Salem Government dose not... Read more...

2 supporters
As a stakeholder what is your stake in what might be here in the future?

As a neighbor and former low income housing professional, I am very much in support of the Leefort Terrace development and the Beacon Companies' role. Aside from Section 8 rent supplements and private... Read more...

6 supporters

Amy, thank you so much for your thoughtful response! We believe that your understanding of the necessity of this project, and what it would mean to our community, paints a positive picture for those who... Read more...

1 supporter
How do you feel about combining affordable and market-rate housing units within a development?

I can understand the size of developments along Bridge and Boston streets. The size was necessary to accommodate the site cleanup. To bring a much larger housing project to Lee Fort Terrace changes the... Read more...

6 supporters

Thanks for voicing your concern here, John. We plan on holding more neighborhood meetings, like the one on March 1st, in the coming months and will share more information about scale and design as it becomes... Read more...

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

Its too big. This project needs to be all elderly housing. Just as the sight was designed and it currently used as.

6 supporters

Hi Thomas- Thanks for visiting the site. We recently added an FAQ page that can address some of your comments here.

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

Consider the abutters and their change in neighborhood. Don't make it so large scale that you bring a downtown feel to a residential neighborhood.

6 supporters

Hi John- Thanks for visiting our site and sharing your thoughts. We had our first meeting with neighborhood residents on March 1st in what will be the first of many conversations with abutters and the... Read more...

1 supporter
What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

Keep it as green as possible

5 supporters

Hi Patricia- We couldn't agree more. We've made an early commitment to design with resiliency and environmentally positivity in the forefront.

Is something missing from this place that you’d like to see?

I must also correct. This will hold 14 more elderly/disable people. Give us amenities that are needed for individuals such as us and will be 100% affordable housing. There will be no market rate living.... Read more...

4 supporters

NIMBY warriors can be tough to deal with. Hang in there!

3 supporters

Why did all comments become private? Another example of this project getting rammed through

1 supporter

Those blocky looking condos across the street from Bentley School blend into the neighborhood. A five story square building does not. If the proposed development looked more like town houses that blend... Read more...

2 supporters

It is not a 5 story building. In order to keep the residents safe from the ever growing high tides and flooding the bottom floor is 21 feet above sea level. Meaning that the building is raised to accommodate... Read more...

3 supporters

If you stood on the street/ground next to the building and measured, it would be over 5 stories, that the bottom line. The giant powerplant has been there since the early 50's and it is a privately owned... Read more...

4 supporters

Shannon, the way to keep residents safe from impending sea rises, higher tides and flooding is to NOT build on this site. Several years down the road when the site floods and is unlivable, where will the... Read more...

1 supporter

The city is providing one parking spot per unit, but the reality is most households have two cars. The road is tight as it is and now all these cars will be on the side of the road. Plus the power plant... Read more...

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As a stakeholder what is your stake in what might be here in the future?

I feel as though I have an obligation to say something here. I am a resident of Lee Fort Terrace and have been here for 21 years come July. I'm disabled. There are some comments and speculations from which... Read more...

4 supporters

Thank you for speaking up Shannon. I will add that Leefort Terrace has an organized tenant association recognized by the Salem Housing Authority. Shannon was elected to serve as president by her Leefort... Read more...

3 supporters

I agree everyone regardless of status should be guaranteed quality of life. I used to deliver the newspaper to the residents there as a child, (40 years ago) not much has changed. I am very familiar with... Read more...

3 supporters

I truly get your side to this but, again, this is not a 5+ storied building. While I would love for it to be more of the same community it's not feasible. There is a reason why housing authorities have... Read more...

3 supporters

I think you hit all the points exactly on the head Shannon. To anyone who says the current rundown housing on the site "blends in" is kidding themselves. They don't blend in; they are if anything a continuous... Read more...

2 supporters

The residents of Lee Fort Terrace deserve safe, updated, accessable housing. Public housing is to make sure the elderly, disabled, and low income residents will have secure housing. Beacon Properties is... Read more...

As a stakeholder what is your stake in what might be here in the future?

It feels like many commenters have not bothered to read the proposal so here are the basics: 1. Unit Count & Parking - 123 units, 123 parking spots. 2. All existing Leefort Terrace residents will have... Read more...

4 supporters

I've read the proposal; I've sat in several meetings at kitchen tables; I am an extremely strong supporter of affordable housing. What I am NOT in favor of is two behemoth buildings that don't fit the... Read more...

4 supporters

Thank you for your clear and concise direction to the Developer. Adhere to the City's current zoning dimensional criteria. Comparing the 'massing' of this proposal to the Bentley 2-story school structure... Read more...

Doug, thank you for your time and consideration. We appreciate your message and helping to point out what our plans are at Leefort Terrace and the connection we are working to make with the lager whole... Read more...

Interesting that only people who agree with Beacon's proposal are being invited to become more involved in the project planning and engagement process - but not surprising.

3 supporters

Richard, thank you for sharing this opinion. We always want to do better job at including everyone in the planning and engagement process of this project.. Our intent with our community process that includes... Read more...

1 supporter

We met with the Regenesis Group on two occasions, including a walk of the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, none of our concerns appeared in their presentation, and the story of place doesn't sound like... Read more...

3 supporters
What are your thoughts on affordable housing needs in the community?

I don't support Salem's definition of affordable housing. I don't support selling city land to privated developers. This particular space deserves updating and not more than two stories high. It should... Read more...

4 supporters
What are your thoughts on affordable housing needs in the community?

I don't think Salem should shoulder the needs of surrounding cities. We have more multi family homes and apartment houses than most towns. Bigger is not better. People move to a city because of the way... Read more...

4 supporters

Hi John- Thanks for visiting our site. There's more information on why this specific site is being considered in the FAQs tab.

What are your thoughts on affordable housing needs in the community?

We need to make more affordable housing available, by holding the developers to a high affordable percentage! NOT by giving away open spaces and city owned lots!!!!!

4 supporters

Hi Thomas- Thanks for sharing your concerns about the number of affordable housing units and the adjacent city-owned lots. For more information, please check out our FAQs.

What are your thoughts on affordable housing needs in the community?

There is a need for both subsidized housing and more affordable market-rate housing. Also, many different types of households need subsidized or affordable housing. Just as examples, both the elderly and... Read more...

4 supporters

Hi Judith- Thanks for your comments. Any redevelopment here would be intergenerational housing open to households of all ages.

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