Photos by Shawn Nowlin
Salem residents Ginny Savage, left, Bill Modica and Linda Harrison look at one of the apartments in Motor Lofts in downtown Salem, the former West Salem Body Shop building, open for the community to tour on June 7 and ask questions of developer Brent Cochran.
Developer Brent Cochran, center, and Roberta Hipp, Karen Conner, Dee Nuckols, Chris Nuckols in the Motor Lofts apartments.
Tessa Foley checks out refrigerator space in the Motor Lofts apartments.

Council approved incentives for the former Ridenhour Music building at 2 W Main which developer Faisal Kahn plans to convert into 14 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor.

Earlier that evening Council also met in a closed session with Brent Cochran, a partner in a group that is developing 18 apartments in the next-door building, the former West Salem Body Shop building. Those apartments were open to the community to look at them and ask Cochran questions.

Conversion of the Ridenhour Music building at the corner of West Main and Broad Street will be financed with a combination of grant money, private money and local money, sweetened with such city-provided incentives as…



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