Last night was the first time that city councilors have discussed the project publicly. Mayor Kim Driscoll, who supports the project, has briefed councilors on the proposal this winter.
The proposed development would be on the edge of Mill Hill on land that was once home to Billy Ray’s Laundromat and a billiards parlor. RCG bought the property in 2006 as part of a $20 million downtown real estate deal.
The building would have between 60 and 90 residential units, depending on the mix of retail and commercial tenants, Picarsic said.
“Conceptually, it’s a great project,” Councilor Robert McCarthy said.
McCarthy, the Ward 1 councilor, noted that last night’s vote was “just a first step,” and the board will take a more detailed look at the project later in the process.
RCG’s designs would also have to go before the Salem Redevelopment Authority, Design Review Board and Planning Board.
Last night’s meeting of the council’s Subcommittee on Community and Economic Development was co-posted as a meeting of the entire City Council, so councilors who are not on the subcommittee could join in the discussion.
Councilors McCarthy, Josh Turiel, Arthur Sargent, Thomas Furey, William Legault, Kevin Carr and Michael Sosnowski attended the meeting.