The City of Salem is working to make improvements to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.
This webpage provides an overview of the City’s efforts since January 2011. The webpage will be updated as work advances.
May/June, 2013: Phase two work:
April 17, 2013: Bid notification for work on fountain released
June 1, 2012: Phase one drawings completed.
May 25, 2012: Survey work completed.
April 30, 2012: Survey work initiated.
From January to April 2011, the City, in collaboration with the Salem Partnership and the Peabody Essex Museum, convened four workshops to develop a conceptual plan for the pedestrian mall (refer to Designing the Future Pedestrian Mall link below).
Since completing the conceptual plan in April 2011, the City and its partners have applied for grant funding for the next phase of design work. Although we have not yet been successful in securing funding for the next phase of design work, the City has been able to move forward with incremental improvements.
The focus of the incremental improvements has been to address maintenance, safety, and pedestrian access issues. During the summer of 2011, the City repaired broken concrete and bricks and modified two landscaping beds to improve pedestrian flow.
In the winter and early spring of 2012, the City re-engaged the design team (Utile and Landworks Studio) to develop a scope of incremental improvements that could be constructed during 2012. Consistent with the work in 2011, the goal of the improvements is to address maintenance, safety, and pedestrian access issues while advancing the broader 2011 conceptual plan.
The 2012 scope of improvements can be seen by viewing the Essex Street Pilot Project Strategic Approach link below.
The scope is divided into two phases:
*Note that although the rehabilitation of the water fountain at the corner of Washington St. and Essex St. was originally to have been completed during phase two, it will not be done as part of the round of improvements occurring in May/June of 2013.~ That specialized work is currently out to Bid and will commence at a later time (anticipated to start July 29, 2013 and completed by or before September 13, 2013).