‘Community vision’ will shape improvements to Point Neighborhood
Residents are invited to help develop a plan for bringing new vitality to the Point neighborhood. The city is partnering with the North Shore Community Development Corp. to develop a community vision and a long-term plan for improvements to the densely populated section of Salem that extends from Lafayette Street south to the Shetland Mills office complex, and Leavitt Street east to the South River. With the help of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the city and North Shore CDC over the next year will host community meetings and conduct surveys to engage neighborhood residents and leaders in a broad conversation about the future of their community, covering topics such as infrastructure, municipal services, public safety, housing, youth development, local food and nutrition, and workforce development. The resulting action plan will help guide the city and community organizations in prioritizing improvements to the neighborhood in the coming years. “The Point Neighborhood has tremendous assets. The planning process presents a great opportunity for residents, business owners, and others to actively participate in creating a common vision to strengthen the neighborhood,” Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said in a prepared statement. The project is being funded by federal grant money awarded to the city by the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities.