The South East Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA) was designated as the Salem’s second Heritage Neighborhood by the Salem Historic Landmarks Commission in November. SESNA will participate in this program established to encourage neighborhoods to learn about their history and provide them with an opportunity to engage in a positive way with the City’s historic preservation program through June 2017. The HLC will be building upon the work that was completed in the NEN-SESNA Neighborhood Plan: Looking Forward, adopted in March 2015. A committee of volunteers from the SESNA neighborhood will begin meeting in January 2016 to discuss potential projects.
Melanie Zermer and Bill Smaldone joined us today to tell us about their neighborhood and what this program might mean to them. Melanie has lived in SESNA for 25 years and was drawn to a home with a front porch and an east-facing kitchen on a street covered by a lush tree canopy. Bill was from New York and wanted a home from which he could walk to his work at Willamette University. They purchased the first home they were shown, a Craftsman-style bungalow on southeast 21st Street, and Bill gloated to their east-coast friends on his walking commute of less than 10 minutes.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months. You can follow the progress through their website, www.sesna.us.