The State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has acquired the site of the former Sidewalk Café on Salisbury Beach, State Representative Michael A. Costello announced today.
The .93 acre site, located at 25 Ocean Front South, has posed a public safety issue due to dilapidated condition of the structure there, including exposed wood and concrete. In the past, Developers had also targeted the parcel as part of plans to redevelop Salisbury Beach.
DCR, which owns Salisbury Beach State Reservation, hopes to demolish the building, sometime over the next year, and preserve the property, creating a larger open vista along the waterfront.
“This purchase represents an opportunity to improve one of the Commonwealth’s great public beaches,” said Commissioner Ed Lambert. “Salisbury Beach Reservation is an valuable asset and this parcel is an important addition to that property and DCR’s mission to conserve land for Commonwealth citizens.”
“This site is a public safety hazard and a visual blight on the Beach,” said State Representative Michael A. Costello. “I have had many discussions with DCR over the years about the possibility of the State coming in to purchase the property. I am very pleased that when it finally became available for purchase, DCR was able to act quickly to secure it.”
“With the state investment, we hope the path is cleared for further redevelopment of Salisbury Beach,” Costello added.
“The purchase of the property by DCR will help resolve the public safety issues there and remove an obstacle to future development along the Beach,” said Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington. “I want to thank Representative Costello for his longtime support of this purchase, and thank Commissioner Lambert and his acquisitions team for working with the Town on the sale.”
The Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a 521 acre park located on the Atlantic Ocean and at the mouth of the Merrimack River. The Beach is one of the most popular in the Commonwealth and the Campground ranks number one in overnight guests in the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) system.