Salem Redevelopment Authority

The Salem Redevelopment Authority (SRA) and its Design Review Board (DRB) have played an active role in the redevelopment of downtown Salem since it was created in 1962. Over the past five decades, the SRA has made significant contributions to the revitalization of the Central Business District in downtown Salem. Critical to this success is its commitment to preserving the social fabric and architectural heritage of the City.

The SRA requires that all improvements to the exterior of a structure and any changes to signage to properties located within the Urban Renewal Area undergo design review. The SRA utilizes its Downtown Renewal Plan in that design review. The City's Commercial Design Guidelines are intended to supplement the design frameworks established by the Downtown Renewal Plan and the SRA staff are available to help you as you produce your application.

The following outline the review process and requirements for the different types of projects undertaken in the Urban Renewal Area.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Tom Daniel, AICP Executive Director
Matthew Coogan Principal Planner

Board Members

Name Title
Grace Harrington Chair (term expires: 1/26/2022)
Gary Barrett Member (term expires: 3/24/2021)
David Guarino Member (term expires: 4/13/2022)
Dean Rubin Member (term expires: 4/13/2022)
Russell T. Vickers Vice-Chair (State Appointee)
Thomas H. Furey City Council Liaison