What's that development being built on Edgewater in West Salem?

A new development is planned along Edgewater Street in West Salem.
Whitney Woodworth
Salem Statesman Journal

Location: 1690 Edgewater St. NW and 1750 Edgewater St. NW

Description: Two separate projects are in the works on Edgewater Street in West Salem. The construction on 1690 Edgewater near the shopping complex housing Urban Grange Coffee and West Side Tap House will result in a two-building commercial development called Edgewater Landing.

Plans submitted to the city for the development include an 18,000-square-foot building, a 4,500-square-foot building and 118 parking spaces.

The land is zoned for general commercial use and sits at the western edge of the Edgewater business district.

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The parcel previously housed the Willamette Graystone and Pumilite site until the buildings were demolished in 2017.

Officials with Edgewater Landing LLC did not respond to inquiries on what sort of businesses were planned for the commercial development. Documents filed with the city indicate the development will feature retail buildings and landscaping. It does not have a frontage of the Willamette River and is separated from the river and riparian buffer by the Salem Dallas Highway.

Mystery surrounds the development of a property further west of Edgewater Landing near the Willamette River.

Nearby residents have long-inquired about the work being done at the property. City officials said they have not received an application or approved permit work for the site. A review of Polk County property records found the owner of the land at 1750 Edgewater listed as 1700 Edgewater LLC, a business owned by Salem developer Chuck Sides.

New development on Edgewater Street in West Salem.

Sides was previously involved in the development of Keizer Station and a proposed "Kuebler Station" project. He recently ran into trouble with the city after 120 trees, including 48 protected white oaks, were allegedly illegally removed at the site of the proposed Kuebler Station development. Sides, the property owners and the tree service that cut down the trees, were fined a total of $138,187. All three appealed the fine.

Polk County records indicate Sides' company bought the property on Edgewater for $1.5 million in 2022.

Sides did not respond to questions on what was planned for the riverfront property.

Source: City of Salem

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