Neighborhood Connections

Welcome neighbor! Salem State has been an integral part of the South Salem neighborhood for more than 115 years, and of the greater Salem community for over 150 years. We deeply value our relationships with our neighbors, the city of Salem, the greater North Shore, and beyond.

We take great pride in our community connections, which are based on open communication and collaboration. Bookmark this site to stay current on campus projects, discussions from the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee meetings and important resources available to you. President Meservey has made it her mission to maintain open exchanges with our neighbors. If you have a question or comment, please email us at ea@salemstate.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

Neighborhood Advisory Committee

The SSUNAC meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in room 106B of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.

Learn more about the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee, including issues discussed at monthly meetings held between the city of Salem, the university and neighborhood representatives.

Campus Developments

Salem State University is committed to providing students both a high-quality education and a suitable environment for academic and personal growth. Through campus developments and capital improvements, the university can compete with the multitude of higher education options throughout Massachusetts, bringing students from cities and towns throughout the state, the country and the world to Salem.

Please visit the Salem State construction blog for current updates and neighborhood presentations on active and planned university construction projects.

Construction Work Hours

Off-hour work: Daniel O’Connoll Sons will continue to work on the roof, enclosing the building, and electrical work for the Mainstage Theatre on Saturdays.

Normal work hours: 7 am-5 pm

SOPHIA GORDON CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS

Contractors continue to work on the interior steel erection and exterior enclosure of the building. This is expected to be the major activity for the next couple of weeks. The contractor is expecting to have the building enclosed this spring.

We look forward to your questions and comments on these projects. Please feel free to leave comments on the construction blog or email them to ea@salemstate.edu.

Master Vision Concepts 

Review the Master Vision Report.

To sign up for the neighborhood email list, please email: ea@salemstate.edu.

Contact the university police emergency hotline 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues regarding construction.

Snow Emergency Parking for South Salem Residents

Limited snow emergency permits are available at University Police on Central Campus.

During official snow emergencies*, a portion of Salem State’s O’Keefe Center parking lot on Canal Street is available to residents of the South Salem neighborhood. All residents must register their vehicle in advance and obtain a NUMBERED VISITOR PARKING PERMIT. Please note:

  • Only 100 permits will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
  • Register at university police, located on Central Campus between the classroom building and Marsh Hall, Monday and Friday from 8 am-5 pm, Tuesday from 11 am-2 pm and Wednesday from 10 am-5 pm. You will need to provide the make, model and license plate number of your vehicle.
  • During snow emergencies*, display permit in vehicle on your dashboard. Park only in area designated “DURING SNOW EMERGENCY MUNICIPAL PERMIT PARKING ONLY” near the Canal Street side of the lot. 
  • Vehicles must not enter the lot until the blue streetlights are flashing and must be removed from the lot immediately upon cancellation of the snow emergency, including evenings and weekends.
  • Vehicles that do not display a permit, are parked outside the designated area or are not removed after the snow emergency has been cancelled, will be subject to citations and towing at the owner’s expense.
  • Salem State University assumes no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or its contents by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, accident or other cause. All parking is at the vehicle owner’s risk.

For questions, call the university police at 978.542.6511.

*Snow emergencies are declared by the city and communicated through local media and signaled by blue flashing lights at major Salem intersections.  

Contact the Emergency Hotline 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 978.542.6111 if you have a pressing concern regarding Salem State. Contact External Affairs at ea@salmstate.edu or 978.542.7757.