Superior Court and County Commissioners Building:
The restoration of the Superior Court and County Commissioners Building is the final piece of the Courthouse Complex Project. The Salem Partnership was instrumental in advocating for keeping all of the Courts in downtown Salem. The J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center, houses the District Court and Superior Court. The Family and Probate Court opened in 2017.
As part of the new Court construction, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts agreed to transfer the former District Court and the Superior Court/County Commissioners Building to the Salem Redevelopment Authority. The SRA in turn would conduct a Request for Proposal (RFP) process seeking developers interested in redeveloping the former court buildings.
The SRA has completed the RFP process for the District Court project. A developer was selected and is completing permitting with the City of Salem. The former District Court building will be demolished and replaced with a mixed-use building containing high-end residential condominiums and retail space.
The Partnership continues to work with State and City representatives on the Superior Court/County Commissioners Building Re-use. The properties are still under the control of the State's Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). The goal is to preserve both buildings.