Oregon Public Broadcasting

Developers are abandoning plans to turn a large swath of vacant riverfront property in Salem into an apartment complex.

The proposed development, at the former Boise Cascade plant site, was controversial from the start.

Proponents hoped it would help revitalize downtown Salem.

But opponents were concerned about building a road to the property across the public Riverfront Park and its historic carousel.

Such access would have meant a federal environmental review of the project.

The Statesman Journal reports that the developers say a lengthy federal review was one reason they decided to drop their bid.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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