Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Releases Request for Proposals for Salem State South Campus Property
The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 23-acre Salem property currently operated by Salem State University known as South Campus. View the RFP.
The South Campus RFP was developed through consultation with stakeholders including the University, City of Salem, Massachusetts Historical Commission, and Salem Historical Commission. DCAMM will manage all aspects of the sale process. In addition, DCAMM partnered with the city of Salem and the university on a study with Sasaki Associates to guide the future use and development of this site. As part of this study, there was a community working group and public forums to gain community input and learn about preferences for use of this land in the future. That study can be found here.
The sale of this property is a step forward in the university’s long-term effort to concentrate its programming in the campus core, which includes the North and Harrington campuses. Divestment from South Campus was proposed in Salem State’s 2013 Campus Master Vision and further explored in subsequent planning studies. Consolidating the campus’s physical footprint is part of a larger university effort, called SSU BOLD: A Campus Unification and Modernization Project. It includes the renovation of the now-vacant Horace Mann Building to house South Campus programming and constructing a state-of-the-art addition to Meier Hall to house much-needed, modernized, flexible high-intensity teaching labs.