EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 6, 2013

Sal's proposes redevelopment in Salem

Redevelopment would include three new buildings

By Doug Ireland

---- — SALEM — Big changes are planned at Sal’s Pizza on North Broadway.

Representatives from Sal’s are scheduled to appear before the Planning Board on March 14 to present plans for redevelopment of the restaurant property at 29-39 North Broadway, according to town planning director Ross Moldoff.

Sal’s wants to demolish its building and an adjacent structure on the 1.1-acre site to construct three new buildings, according to the proposal by principal and senior project manager Kevin Dandrade and engineer Richard Friberg Jr. of TEC Engineering of Lawrence.

The two Sal’s representatives notified the town last week they would seek approval for a pizza restaurant and pub, a second restaurant, and room for offices and retail — providing space for several businesses, Moldoff said.

“It’s a big redevelopment,” Moldoff said yesterday. “I’m very excited about it. I think they will be very attractive buildings.”

Brothers Sal and Mike Lupoli opened Sal’s first store in Salem in 1990. The North Broadway location opened in the late 1990s, Moldoff said.

Sal’s, headquartered in Lawrence and owned by Lupoli Companies, now has more than three dozen restaurants in several states.

The second building to be demolished was occupied by Portland Glass for years and is now home to an antique business, Moldoff said.

The new pizza restaurant would be located in a 3,520-square-foot, single-story building. The second restaurant, which would likely cater to the breakfast crowd, would be in a two-story building next door, according to the proposal.

There would be 2,000 square feet for the restaurant on the first floor and 2,000 square feet of office space on the second floor.

The third building would feature 2,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 2,000 square feet of office space on the second floor.

One key aspect of the project is that all the parking would be behind the buildings, allowing for the front to be attractively landscaped — something retailers and community planners relish, Moldoff said.

“That’s a planner’s dream,” he said.

Even though an additional building would be constructed, the overall square footage would be reduced from 13,399 to 11,520.

The entrance to the plaza would be relocated and the site designed to accommodate the future widening of North Broadway. Pavement would removed and a landscaped buffer strip would be built along North Broadway. The site would connect to the rail trail.

The project represents a continuation of the positive redevelopment already taking place in the area, Moldoff said. Sal’s is down the street from Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market, Moldoff said.

“That will be a big help in getting the Depot area going,” Moldoff said.

Dandrade and Friberg could not be reached for comment yesterday.