In November 2014 city voters approved $139.2 million in general obligation bonds to finance unmet capital needs in the areas of public safety, recreation and parks, streets and sidewalks, economic development, and housing.

Of the 42 projects approved in the bond referendum, 33 are completed, under construction or scheduled to be under contract by the end of June 2016. These 33 projects include $23.7 million worth of recreation projects, $21 million in public safety projects, and more than $23 million in street and sidewalk projects. It also includes $2.85 million approved for housing projects and $1.58 million approved for economic development projects.

In addition, two other major capital projects will also soon be underway: renovations to the Benton Convention Center, and restoration of the historic Union Station. These projects are financed with $35.8 million in limited obligation bonds.

Scroll down for a list of these bond projects and links to more information about them.

Bond Tracker Website with detailed information about all the bond projects [external site; new window] (Use the button categories across the page under the map to select your area of interest)

Bond Project Update to City Council, Aug. 2015 including artist’s renderings and site plans [pdf/13mb/111p]

bond project map33 of the 42 bond projects will be completed, under construction or scheduled to be under contract by the end of June. Map does not show locations of street repaving and sidewalk projects. Numbers correspond with projects listed below.  ****See a larger view of the map.


Recreation (on the Bond Tracker site, look under the large map for the Categories and choose "Recreation")
 
1. Jamison Park, Ground broken. Ground breaking photos. Groundbreaking [video].
2. Sedge Garden Community Center gym, Ground broken. Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking [video].
3. Piney Grove, under construction.
4. Bowen Park, contract awarded Dec. 2015 Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking [video]
5. Quarry Park/Waughtown Greenway Connector, projected contract award Jan. 2016. Groundbreaking video. Groundbreaking photos.
6. Winston Lake Aquatic Facility, projected contract award Feb. 2016. Groundbreaking video. Groundbreaking photos.
7. The Gathering Place at Fairview Park, projected contract award March 2016
8. Salem Lake Marina, projected contract award Feb. 2016. Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking [video].
9. Water Spray Grounds (Sedge Garden, Rupert Bell, Little Creek Park, Hathaway Park, Reynolds Park), projected contract awards March & April 2016
10. Winston Lake Golf Course, projected contract award April 2016
11. Kimberley Park, projected contract award May 2016
12. Miller Park, projected contract award June 2016. Miller Park stream restoration video. Miller Park stream restoration photos.
13. Blum Park, projected under construction June 2016
14. Hobby Park, projected under construction May 2016
15. Carver tennis courts, completed

Public Safety (on the Bond Tracker site, look under the large map for the Categories and choose "Public Safety")
 
16. District 2 Police Station, under construction. Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking [video].
17. Fire Station No. 8, Ground broken. Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking [video]
18. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, contract awarded Dec. 2015.
19. District 1 Police Station, projected contract award Jan. 2016. Groundbreaking [video]. Groundbreaking photos
20. District 3 Police Station, projected contract award Jan. 2016.
21. Fire Station No. 7, projected contract award March 2016. Groundbreaking video. Groundbreaking photos.
22. Fire Station No. 9, projected contract award March 2016. Groundbreaking video. Groundbreaking photos.

Streets and Sidewalks
 
Street Resurfacing. Voters approved $15.25 million in bonds, which is being spread over the four contracts listed below.
Contract 1, completed. List of streets
Contract 2, completed. List of streets
Contract 3A, projected contract award March 2016. List of streets
Contract 3B, projected contract award March 2016. List of streets
 
Sidewalks. Voters approved $10 million in bonds. The projects listed below account for $1.82 million of this. Details of Sidewalks.
• Cole Road, Reynolds Park Road: Ground broken. Ground breaking photos. Groundbreaking [video].
• Cherokee Lane, 25th Street: Contracts awarded Dec. 2015
• Bryansplace Drive, Chandler Street, Gerald Street, Old Town Drive, Old Vineyard Road, Robinhood Road, Yorkshire Road: Projected contract awards Jan - March 2016
23. Polo Road Corridor Improvements, projected contract award Jan. 2016. Groundbreaking photos. Groundbreaking video.
24. Concrete Base Street Rehabilitation (Canterbury Trail, Fairfax Drive, Pine Valley Road, Windsor Road), projected contract award March 2016
 
Bike, Pedestrian and Child Pedestrian Safety Projects. Voters approved $1.8 million in bonds for bicycle & pedestrian project matching funds and $2 million in bonds for child pedestrian safety projects. The projects listed below account for $282,000 of this. Details of Bike and Pedestrian Projects.
• Waughtown Street (two projects), Cameron Ave., Hutton St., Peacehaven Road, projected contract awards Jan. & March 2016.

Housing
 
Housing/Neighborhood Development. Voters approved $6 million in bonds The projects listed below account for $2.85 million of this.
25. Pepper Building, city loan approved by City Council. Details.
26. 757 North Apartments, city loan approved by City Council. Details.

Economic Development
 
Economic Development Sites/Infrastructure. Voters approved $20 million in bonds. The projects listed below account for $1.03 million on this.
27. Enterprise Drive (Union Cross Business Park), city assistance approved by City Council. Details.
28. Spec Building (Union Cross Business Park), city assistance approved by City Council. Details.
 
RUCA (Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas) Phase III, Voters approved $2 million in bonds. One proposal totaling $554,779 has been approved. Details. Two other proposals are pending.

Limited Obligation Bond Projects
29. Benton Convention Center, projected contract award Feb. 2016. Groundbreaking [video]. Groundbreaking photos.
30. Union Station, projected demolition & grading contract award Feb. 2016. Photos from groundbreaking. Video from groundbreaking [video].

inside convention centerinside the convention center

Other Bond Projects
Nine bond items are not yet ready for contract award:
• Happy Hill Park renovations
• Hanes Park improvements
• Park land acquisition
• Public Safety Center renovations
• Meadowlark Drive widening
• Business 40 corridor improvements
• Old Salem infrastructure
• Downtown development/Merschel Plaza
• TURN (Transforming Urban Residential Neighborhoods)

 

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