A group of concerned neighbors have sent this letter to the editor of the Salem News.

To the Editor:

We are writing to voice our concerns regarding a proposed building project located at 30 Federal Street, Salem. The developer pursuing the project is trying to shoehorn a building into a space for which it was never intended, and with little sensitivity to the existing neighborhood. The concerns of the abutters have largely been ignored. The written concerns of the Salem Redevelopment authority have not been addressed by either the Design Review Board or by the City Zoning Department. Serious open questions regarding set-back, parking, and dimensional requirements remain unanswered after several in-person and written requests have been submitted. Nearly 50 neighbors and interested parties have written in opposition.

Fundamentally, the project being proposed at 30 Federal Street is a bad fit for the neighborhood and for the pedestrian corridor it abuts. Its design, as currently proposed, does not respect the scale or character of its surrounding environment. To date, the public review process has not been successful in producing alternatives that would mitigate the concerns listed above.

We call upon our public officials to take a stronger and more active hand to make certain that this project does not go forward. We ask that anyone who agrees with our concerns about this project in this highly visible location, reach out to City Councilors and especially to the Salem Redevelopment Authority The SRA will be reviewing this project at its meeting on June 10th.

Sincerely,

Charles Anzalone and Peter Bez
28 Federal Street

Dick Artinian
1 Washington Street

Steve Bisson
1 Washington Street

Robert and Pamela Broderick
28 Federal Street

Joan Hopper
28 Federal Street

Patricia Hough
1 Washington Street

Stephen Immerman
20 Federal Street

David and Miranda Kachala
28 Federal Street

Ann Laaff
20 Federal Street

Jeanne Lovely
1 Washington Street

Steve and Catherine Pelletier
1 Washington Street

Jane and Rich Stauffer
1 Washington Street

Don Stone
1 Washington Street

Jim and Barbara Tobin
1 Washington Street