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February 21, 2013

Salem board to consider big projects

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Crosby, which moved to 11 Keewaydin Drive from Boston two years ago, manages holdings of Fidelity Investments owner Edward “Ned” Johnson III and his family.

The third project to be considered Tuesday is the retail plaza proposed by developer Thur Ken at the site of The Green Barn restaurant.

Thur Ken received a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Jan. 3 and seeks site plan and subdivision approval from the Planning Board.

If approved, the shopping center would be built at the corner of Hampstead Road and Main Street. It would include a 13,000-square-foot CVS pharmacy, a bank, restaurant and a several other businesses.

But that means the former dairy barn that’s been home to The Green Barn restaurant for 42 years would likely be demolished and the business moved to another location in the area, according to owner Carl Bohne.

The three projects to be considered Tuesday are among several economic development initiatives that have helped spur growth in Salem the past few years. The biggest was the arrival of computer networking giant Enterasys in January, bringing more than 600 jobs to the former Cisco Systems building at 9 Northeastern Blvd. Enterasys relocated from Andover, Mass.

Last year, several other businesses also moved to Salem. They included Liberty Utilities, Aldi supermarket, Lord & Taylor, and restaurants such as Popeyes, Jake’s Wayback Burgers and Jay Gee’s.

Other businesses expanded, including Rockingham Toyota and Honda and Tuscan Kitchen restaurant. Tuscan Kitchen owner Joseph Faro also opened Tuscan Market last fall.

Donna Morris, executive director of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday that the town is clearly experiencing a resurgence in economic development.

“Salem is a great place to do business,” she said. “I think it’s a real positive sign.”

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