Learn More About Salem, MA

Salem is a unique community in a diverse region; known for its rich maritime history, as being the birthplace of the National Guard and for the infamous Witchcraft Trials of 1692.  It is also a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly City where its residents, and over a million tourists annually, can easily visit historic architecture, unique attractions, world-famous museums and an eclectic mix of shops and dining options.  And, with easy access to public transportation – including our own ferry – Salem is a great city to live, work and play.  Many consider Salem the jewel of Massachusetts’ vibrant North Shore, and businesses here benefit from its rich mix of history, culture and natural serenity.

Particularly important to existing and prospective Salem business owners, the city offers an exceptional opportunity for business development and guidance.  The City of Salem’s Department of Planning and Community Development, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Main Streets, Enterprise Center at Salem State University, and SBA Small Business Development Center offer excellent counseling programs and guidance to get your ideas off the ground.

Today, with restored enthusiasm and enterprise, our community is alive with development and growth.  In fact, Salem is experiencing over $1.7 billion worth of investments in public and private projects over the next few years – we invite you to be a part of it.

Priority Development Sites

Community Leadership

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll

978 619 5600

93 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970

mayor@salem.com

Tom Daniel, AICP
Director of Planning & Community Development

978-619-5685

98 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970

tdaniel@salem.com

Kate Newhall-Smith, Principal Planner

978-619-5685

98 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970

knewhallsmith@salem.com

  • Cultural Institutions & Attractions:

    Peabody Essex Museum, Old Point Burying Cemetry, Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem Ferry

  • Historical Sites:

    Salem Maritime National Historic Site, McIntire Historic District, Nathaniel Bowitch House, City Hall, Derby Waterfront District

  • Beaches:

    Winter Island/Waikiki Beach

  • Municipal Golf Course:

    Old Salem Greens, Kernwood Country Club

Available Commercial Development Sites

Site Name

Footprint Power

Size

40 acres

Description

This is a 40-acre site is due to the smaller footprint of the new natural gas generating facility. This new facility is on 23 acres and replaced a coal-and-oil fired facility on 65 acres. The result is about 40 acres of available waterfront land. The parcel is located in a Massachusetts Designated Port Area (DPA), and in an industrial zoning district. It is adjacent to the Salem Ferry.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Kate Newhall-Smith
knewhallsmith@salem.com
(978)619-5685

Site Name

Hutchinson

Size

17.5 acres

Description

This site includes 17.5 acres of land available for development. Half of the
acreage is zoned industrial and half zoned as a Business Park Development.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Kate Newhall-Smith
knewhallsmith@salem.com
(978)619-5685

Site Name

Courthouses and 252 Bridge Street

Size

65,000 to 72,000 sq. ft.

Description

Located on one property, the former County Commissioner’s building, previously the Essex County Courthouse, and the former Superior Court are in the Federal Street Historic District.  Constructed in 1841 and 1862 respectively, the once-individual buildings are now connected via a small addition that extended hallways between the first and second floors of the two buildings, giving both buildings access to a shared elevator located in the Superior Court building.  These structures, together with the so-called ‘Crescent Lot’ at 252 Bridge Street represent a unique opportunity for the adaptive reuse of these historic structures in this prime location – adjacent to the Salem train station and a gateway to downtown Salem.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Kate Newhall-Smith
knewhallsmith@salem.com
(978)619-5685