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

42 acres

Description

This is a 42-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:

Seth Lattrell, City of Salem
alattrell@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  Business Park Development. The site is located in one of Salem’s Opportunity Zones.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Kate Newhall-Smith, City of Salem
knewhallsmith@salem.com
(978) 619-5685

Site Name

Salem State University

Size

21.5 acres

Description

Salem State University intends to vacate its South Campus as part of its planned consolidation to its North and Central Campuses. It is currently zoned a mix of Single Family and Residential Conservation. A 2020 Sasaki study identified the Historic Loring Villa on the site as having high historic and reuse value and the remaining academic, administrative, and dormitory buildings having limited reuse value. The report established a community vision for the site’s redevelopment and identifies potential regulatory pathways to achieve it.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact:

Tom Devine, City of Salem
tdevine@salem.com
(978) 619-5685