Lorelee Stewart

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Supported a comment by Doug Bowker on Leefort Terrace 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Doug Bowker
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 reminder of neglected maintenance. Even the day they were built they leaned more towards "utility" than beautiful. And all this talk of "don't take away my view"... If things keep heading the way they are everyone's "view" (including homes right on the waterfront) may be facing an ocean retaining wall. But well before that possibility, we're all in an area completely vulnerable to storm flooding. That's not a future thing, it's a "right now" thing.

I don't think people realize that most of the streets just a block out from the shoreline are actually BELOW sea level. If the Salem Housing Authority is going to be upping the grade for this new development, it may be the very thing that saves the homes situated behind it (even if they do lose their "view").

Take a look at the FEMA flood zone maps from 2013: Literally every street from Leefort Terrace and on back to Fort Ave are in the flooded zone. Right now, only the elementary school is above grade. Again, this is not an "if" situation, it a "when" situation.
Commented on Leefort Terrace 6 months, 3 weeks ago
NIMBY warriors can be tough to deal with. Hang in there!
Supported a comment by Shannon Bailey on Leefort Terrace 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Shannon Bailey
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. We demanded that immediately. I'm regards to the building not fitting into the neighborhood. What about across from Bentley, the nice blocky looking condos sitting on a hill blocking the view of the houses built on the other side of the street? I thought the design they showed was resembling of those condos. These aren't another redevelopment project for the rich! This is for needed affordable housing and none of you seem to want it at all. I cried at the last meeting cause the hostility (in tempered tone) was quite prevalent. I'm fighting for the right to exist in this neighborhood for my tenants here. I shouldn't have to. I actually believed you cared about us. We're the ones who are losing our homes due to flooding. If we don't do something about here first do you think it won't reach you with rising water levels? I'm angry, hurt and disappointed. I don't even know what else to say/think at this point...
Commented on Leefort Terrace 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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 Terrace neighbors. To ensure fairness and compliance to state regulations regarding a tenant association, the election process was overseen by the League of Women Voters Salem.
Supported a comment by Shannon Bailey on Leefort Terrace 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Shannon Bailey
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 need correcting here. Some "neighbors" are insisting on speaking on behalf of us tenants here. First off that isn't your right. Secondly, not all tenants here agree with you. If you've been to the meetings then you will know who I am. Here are the facts. We are in dire need of redevelopment. We can prove to you that our building foundations are cracking (splitting down the middle to be more precise) to the point that our floors slant, our street floods on high tides, some units are invested with mice and some mold. Some have both. The mold in my apartment alone is outrageous. I've been to the meetings and not one person who has spoken out has asked about the welfare of us here so please don't use us as an argument. In fact, at the last meeting, I have never felt more discriminated against in my life. If you saw our living conditions maybe you'd realize you're very wrong. I get you have rights as our neighbors but you think, because we're old and disabled here, that we don't deserve better. While we want to find common ground you all seem to just want us gone. Just because we're poor doesn't mean we're not entitled to quality life.
Supported a comment by Doug Bowker on Leefort Terrace 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Doug Bowker
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 the right to return. 3. The replacement public housing units will continue to serve households 62 and older, while the remaining units will be open to families and individuals of all ages. 4. All units will be universally designed. 5. Affordability - 100% affordable at moderate- low- and extremely low- income households. 6. The building configuration will remove the residential units from the flood plain by building them on a podium that is partially built into the land. The units there now are old and past the point of repair, none are ADA compliant, all are on the flood plain, and there are not enough of them. Neighbors complaining about losing "their view" just aren't thinking. By raising the LeeFort site, it will be protecting everyone in the area from flooding too, which is kind of a win/win. But an "all public" option is just not practical and is essentially asking to triple our taxes, which I can't imagine anyone wants. Salem could get 10X the Federal dollars it just received, and it STILL wouldn't be enough to deal with everything that needs fixing or replacing within the city limits. Half of the city is at or below sea-level and we're going to need to figure out how to protect it, and soon.