Construction Bubbles in Blubber Hollow

Two new building projects in Blubber Hollow in front of Gallows Hill, the first major developments in Gallows Hill since early 20th century (really) are progressing rapidly.


The foundation and utility access and elevator tower for the Salem Community Life Center (which despite the renaming will forever be the Salem Senior Center) on the east side of Bridge Street are all done, and framing is set to commence. Perhaps even the building can be “buttoned in” before the “harsh winds of January” slow down construction.


On the other side of Bridge St, between Goodhue and Boston streets, work on a 50-unit apartment complex to replace the former FlynnTan leather factory at 80 Boston St is also progressing rapidly. The much larger foundation, needed to accommodate underground parking, is not yet completed, so framing is still some ways off, but should be ongoing by the time the “harsh winds of January” blow in. The factory burned  and was closed in 1976, and for 40 years the Gallows Hill area had to live with the derelict site.

Watch this blog for monthly construction updates.