Salem Housing Authority partners with Beacon Communities LLC
The Salem Housing Authority selects Beacon as its developer partner to explore the feasibility of redeveloping Leefort Terrace.
Dept. of Housing and Community Development grant awarded
DHCD awards the Salem Housing Authority a Planning Grant under the Partnership to Expand Housing Opportunities II program. This grant will help fund pre-development due diligence at Leefort Terrace
Fall 2020–Winter 2021
Initial Site investigation
The team began to explore and understand the Leefort Terrace site through a survey, soil and geotechnical testing, evaluation of the permitting needed and an exploration of the floodplain. Sustainability Goals were established.
Fall 2020–Spring 2021
Community Conversations and Website Launch
We held many individual and small group meetings with residents, abutters, community members and elected officials. We launched our project website www.leeforterrace.com.
March 1, 2021
Community Meeting - Site Feasibility and Listening Session
We held a large community meeting on March 1, 2021 to share the site investigation and have a listening session for what the community wanted to see on the site. We heard that affordable housing was a priority over market or mixed-income housing, building with climate resilient and sustainable approaches was necessary and that the new building shouldn't be too high.
March 24, 2021
Presented at Sustainability, Energy, and Resiliency Committee (SERC)
Our team presented our plans with a focus on climate resiliency and sustainability to the City of Salem's Sustainability, Energy, and Resiliency Committee (SERC). Overall, the committee was very pleased with the level of focus and commitment the development team was placing on these issues.
Kitchen Table Conversations and Story of Place
Working with Regenesis Group, we broadened our community engagement approach to develop a Story of Place. Through that process we are seeking to deepen our understanding of the many social and ecological interrelationships that make Leefort Terrace, its immediate surroundings, and Salem unique. We are aiming to harmonize with these natural and social systems as we move from our understanding of place to inform the project. As part of that process we had kitchen table conversations with well over 50 stakeholders who shared their perspectives with us on what makes Salem unique and what might be missing. From the Story of Place we created Design Principles that we used to inform the site plan and building design. We will continue on with regular community conversations, revising and adding the Story of Place as new information and perspectives are revealed.
December 16, 2021
Community Meeting - Story of Place and Site Plan Review
We met with the community to share what we learned through the Story of Place conversations and research, and the Principles and Concepts that were coming out through that. We also shared the first cut at a site plan and layout for the newly redeveloped Leefort Terrace.
February 2022–February 2023
Design Process Continues
The design team will continue to move the design process along, making changes along the way based on community input as well as feedback through the permitting process.
February 15, 2022
Community Meeting - Elevations and Renderings
We shared the schematic concepts for the building elevations and renderings. We listened to feedback and will continue to make adjustments as the process continues.
March 14, 2022
Presented at Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting
Our team presented our plans with a focus on the affordability levels and terms of the redevelopment. Overall the AHTF committee was very pleased that not only will the existing 50 units at Leefort Terrace be preserved, but an additional 74 units of deed-restricted affordable housing will be created. The AHTF was also pleased with the unique set State funding sources that the team is using, which are not competing against other Salem-based affordable housing funding applications expected to be submitted to the State in the near future.
May 10, 2022
Met with Salem Willows Neighborhood Association
Our team met with the Salem Willows Neighborhood Association to present plans and hear feedback.
May 2022–February 2023
Local and state permitting includes Chapter 40B, Conservation Commission, MEPA and Chapter 91. The Salem ZBA and Planning Board held an initial joint public hearing on Leefort Terrace on May 16, 2022 at 6:30pm and the Conservation Commission on May 17th at 6:30pm. Additional ZBA and ConCom hearings were held in June and July 2022 and will continue through the fall. All permitting is expected to be in place by February 2023.
Public Open Space Working Group
As part of our desire to be in relationship with the community we designed the publicly accessible open space on the Collins Cove side of the new building in collaboration with neighbors, residents and community members. The working group met three times in June & July '22. We also hope to continue to foster our existing relationships and make new connections as we look for ideas that might emerge to reinforce quality of life and connectivity with nearby neighborhoods, downtown, and the sea.
Leefort Tenant Organization and All Resident Meeting
Our team meets and communicates with the Leefort Tenant Organization Board regularly, including an in person meeting on July 19th. We will meet with all Leefort residents again in late August.
October 24, 2022
The Salem Zoning Board approved the Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit for the redevelopment of Leefort Terrace.
November 15, 2022
The redevelopment of Leefort Terrace reached the milestone of approval by the Conservation Commission.
Tax-Increment Financing Approval
In January of 2023 the Salem City Council approved the Urban Center Housing Tax-Increment Financing (UCH-TIF) Agreement for Leefort Terrace. This agreement plays a significant role in the funding for the project. The development team is now working to finish assembling the financing and work with residents on a plan for temporary relocation. We are targeting November/December 2023 to begin construction.
We expect that all needed funding will be in place by June 2023
August 2023–February 2025
We expect that construction will begin in August 2023 and will be completed in February 2025.