Salem board proposing ordinance to protect historic neighborhoods

The new legislation could go up for a vote by city council next month

Downtown Salem

SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – Changes could be coming to the regulations governing historic neighborhoods and businesses in Salem.

The areas involved are a number of the downtown businesses, as well as some of the older neighborhoods along South Lincoln Avenue in the city.

Members of the Design Review Board say they will propose a new ordinance that leaders say would clarify some of the existing language that’s either too confusing or contradicts other current regulations. Board members want to ensure the city’s historic areas are preserved for years to come.

“They not only have individual value, but as a district or neighborhood, they have an economic value as well, in addition to historical value,” said Virginia Grilli, of the Design Review Board.

The board will meet again November 10, when they hope to finalize their proposal. Grilli said it could come up for a vote before city council next month.