“We’d like to make Dodge Street an active street,” he said.
The land sale will need a “super majority” of the council to pass, which means eight of the 11 councilors will have to vote in support. None of the seven councilors at last night’s hearing indicated opposition.
However, four councilors were absent: Mike Sosnowski, Arthur Sargent, Todd Siegel and Bob McCarthy.
If the City Council agrees to sell the land, Picarsic said they expect to file plans with the city in November. The project must go before the Planning Board and the Salem Redevelopment Authority. If all goes well, Picarsic said they hope to start construction in April and complete work in 2016.
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Scope: A $46 million development at the corner of Washington and Dodge streets with offices, retailers, apartments and a hotel.
Height: 5-6 stories
Parking: 278 spaces
Hotel rooms: 100
Property taxes: $300,000
Hotel/motel taxes: $196,000
Hotel jobs: 100 full and part time
Land sale: $275,000