Rick Neahring, Christy Van Heukelem, and Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem’s Historic Preservation Officer, talk with us about the process of designating your property as a Local historic landmark.
Our former co-host, Kimberli Fitzgerald, is pursuing a degree in archaeology to enhance the historic preservation services the City of Salem provides. When Public Works crews encounter potential historic artifacts while performing construction or maintenance projects, the work must be postponed while the State Archaeologist from the State Historic Preservation Office reviews and documents the site. Having a registered archaeologist on the City’s staff should provide for a more efficient process, especially in the initial planning phase. Listen to what she discovered while participating in a recent archaeological dig–right here in Salem!
The Hollywood District of northeast Salem was a self-contained community supported by neighborhood businesses. This area on the edges of the late-1800s Highland Addition developed around the intersections of Fairgrounds Road, Portland Road, Tile Road, Hazel Avenue and other local streets, meeting in a spoke fashion. The Hollywood District had become blighted by the late 1960s. In 1970, Salem leaders took on the task of redesigning the dangerous intersections and improving the economic viability of this area by creating an Urban Renewal district of approximately 18.6 acres, a first for the City of Salem. What you see today bears little resemblance to the bustling neighborhood of the 1940s.