No Proposals So Far for Redevelopment of Brown Shoe Property in Salem

Issue on Monday Night's City Council Agenda for Discussion

The Salem City Council Monday night was supposed to review any proposals for the development of the former Brown Shoe Company property, but so far none have been received.

The city took title to the property after putting a lean on the land to clean up the debris from a fire that destroyed the old building. The council is hoping to see if the property can be redeveloped for residential use, but isn't ruling out other uses.

City Manager Bill Gruen says it is not unusual not to receive proposals for real estate the first day they are accepted. He notes without any proposals, the city is in a position to be more active in reaching out to parties to generate interest in a project at Brown Shoe. The council will be asked how they want to proceed.

The council will be asked to approve the concept of a Welcome Sign at the corner of Kinney Boulevard and Main Street. It will be patterned after one in Highland but will be larger in size at 10 to 12 feet wide and eight feet tall. The sign will be paid for through a grant the city received from the Union Pacific Railroad and video gaming dollars.

The city's new police detective Trent Swagler will be in attendance to be recognized. Swagler was recently appointed by Police Chief Sean Reynolds to replace retiring detective Larry Binnion.

The council meeting begins at six Monday night at Salem City Hall.